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David Rockwell Designs Temporary Theater for TED Conference in Vancouver

20 March, 2014

-By Holly O'Dell


Photography by Ryan Lash

David Rockwell unveiled the temporary, reusable theater he designed for the TED2014 conference, held March 17-21 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Drawing his inspiration from past TED conferences he has attended, Rockwell planned the structure to capture the event’s informal, social format. A seating bowl and perimeter walkway form the design, complemented by latticework and handrails.



Rockwell — Contract’s 1998 Designer of the Year — used 600 components made from locally harvested Douglas fir wood, stacked as individual boxes that withstand building loads. A construction crew assembled the theater on site in four-and-a-half days.



Steelcase fabricated the theater’s 16 different seating options, including lounge seating, stage-side benches, and beanbags and chairs. Other features include custom-built floor lounges near the front and a standing area in the back where people can use their devices without disturbing the audience.



TED plans to reuse the theater and furniture for use at future conferences.




David Rockwell Designs Temporary Theater for TED Conference in Vancouver

20 March, 2014


Photography by Ryan Lash

David Rockwell unveiled the temporary, reusable theater he designed for the TED2014 conference, held March 17-21 at the Vancouver Convention Center. Drawing his inspiration from past TED conferences he has attended, Rockwell planned the structure to capture the event’s informal, social format. A seating bowl and perimeter walkway form the design, complemented by latticework and handrails.



Rockwell — Contract’s 1998 Designer of the Year — used 600 components made from locally harvested Douglas fir wood, stacked as individual boxes that withstand building loads. A construction crew assembled the theater on site in four-and-a-half days.



Steelcase fabricated the theater’s 16 different seating options, including lounge seating, stage-side benches, and beanbags and chairs. Other features include custom-built floor lounges near the front and a standing area in the back where people can use their devices without disturbing the audience.



TED plans to reuse the theater and furniture for use at future conferences.

 


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