WBUR CitySpace

Boston, MA

‘On Air. Online. On Demand. On Stage.’ becomes a design directive for a public broadcast station’s new community hub.

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The Project

Boston University’s public broadcast station had occupied a small building in a prominent location for years. When the opportunity to expand its space aligned with the strategy to expand its programming, a vision for a truly public radio as a community forum took shape.

The Approach

The new vision called for a soundproof theater space for live broadcasts and performances in addition to connecting the existing broadcast studios and offices. The expansion area included valuable street frontage with a large windowed façade and sidewalk space. A design concept emerged: amplifying the station’s programming to the surrounding community took the form of a megaphone.  This cone-shape drove the orientation of the stage to the streetscape. Sound waves are graphically interpreted as rippling waves along curvilinear walls and in ceiling and floor details.

The Result

CitySpace is a high-tech performance venue featuring an open, flexible seating plan with cutting-edge audio and robotic HD video technology. Performances and livestreams can now be enjoyed in studio or via the newly re-engaged streetscape sound garden with seating and speakers outside the theater’s windows.

transformation

8700sf

seats

299

pixel pitch LED screen

1.2mm

Ombrae sound tiles

50+

pneumatic stage height range

40inches

audience members/year

30,000

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