The Evansville Museum of Arts, History and science located on the Ohio riverfront in downtown Evansville, Indiana, called upon the team at Projectione design and fabrication studio as part of an expansion project.
This expansion project included a new entrance pavilion where an immersive theatre would sit within the clean white modern box of the museum’s surrounding building. The cylindrical theatre evokes organic and natural qualities through use of six different species of wood veneer and its shape.
The varying types of wood create a pixilated gradient that changes around the dome from dark to light. This is meant to reflect the aging qualities of when wood is exposed to the elements. As a result, creating an illusion that the dome always existed in this place and has been preserved by the box around it.
In order for all the pieces of the dome to fit accurately on the structure, the existing 30’ radius dome was 3D scanned and digitized. The geometry was then subdivided into planar diamond panels that curl outward slightly, which in turn add to the aging effect.
By Ariela Lenetsky