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WALLPAPER: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival design by Studio Gang revealed

Originally published November 28, 2023 in Wallpaper by Ellie Stathaki

The first images of the design for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (HVSF) building by Studio Gang have been unveiled; and its flowing, timber structure underpins the project’s ambition to be the very first purpose-built LEED Platinum theatre in the USA. At the same time, the scheme, located in Garrison, NY, aims to become not just a hub for the local performing arts community, but also a key cultural draw for the entire Hudson Valley. 

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival building: a new, sustainable, cultural hub

The 13,850 sq ft structure is the centrepiece within a 98-acre campus, gifted to HVSF to use and maintain. Its curved, timber-framed grid shell and timber columns form a welcoming ‘hug’ for performances within, while framing natural vistas across the estate. 

‘HVSF is such a beloved cultural institution, with a truly unique natural setting in the Hudson Valley,’ said Studio Gang founding principal and partner Jeanne Gang (who features in the Wallpaper* USA 300 guide to creative America). ‘Our design aims to help the company build on their strengths, with low-carbon architecture that improves daily functionality and amplifies the traditions that define their open-air performances – like the spectacular proscenium arch framing an iconic Hudson River view – as well as create new opportunities for audiences and actors to interact before and after the show.’ 

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