Draw a line between here, reality, and the imagination of a world where we rest our eyes upon a vista of modern technology, theatrical undertones and the sharply dense coil of a bright future, a vista instead of a dystopia. Many draw the conclusion that to do such a thing and not consider dystopia upon a new millenia to be heresy. Inspiration is as much a complete identity as creation itself, where we seek the comfort of times past and an etched future of security; one that leaves the mind open to endless, abundant possibilities.

Courtesy of Paul Broadbent

Track Theatre by Paul Broadbent from the Bartlett School of Architecture takes the theme of modernization and throws down a gauntlet upon the viewer. From immediate inspection you almost perceive an industrial, lavish banquet upon which color meets shade. Inspired by the epic; Karagöz and Havicat story, individuals that make up a traditional Turkish Shadow Play, Track Theatre is a wild landscape of steel, light and shadow, a bright entree served to the audience upon an open, actively public sculpture park. Within the contrasts, both characters seek to lure the traditional and more open-minded alike as they intertwine, locked into a creative conflict meandering the site on the towns old and new tram tracks.”]

Courtesy of Paul Broadbent

As with every scene in a play, the transition from day to night brings with it a new identity and story to be told as the space transforms making it an entirely new experience. Between the strange objects and peculiar artifacts within the public garden and the visual trickery produced through volume, light, and shadow, the theatre becomes more of a magical landscape of dream and mystery instead of a formal structure representative of traditional opera houses in the area. This design is fun and whimsical, with something new to discover around every turn and within every corner brining true the statement that the world is our stage.

Courtesy of Paul Broadbent

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