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Architect Roche-Dinkeloo
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Location Ann Arbor, Michigan   map
Date 1965 to 1971   timeline
Building Type performing arts center
 Construction System curtain wall, concrete
Climate temperate
Context campus
Style Modern
Notes at the University of Michigan. Dramatic spiral stair with bridge across lobby.




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"This 1,450 seat theater is adjacent to a small park. A colonnade of eight foot diameter hollow concrete columns stretching the length of the site is placed ahead of the entry lobby. These columns carry 8 foot by 6 inch deep steel box beams which span 145 feet back to the stage house. The stage, which has a modified thrust plan, is suitable for a variety of theatrical productions....

"The lobby wall is glazed with reflecting glass set in deeply indented horizontal frames. This wall flows around two spiral stairs which lead up to the balcony. The lobby widens out on each end to provide access from a parking garage on one side and the street on the other. The reflecting glass has the effect of doubling the sense of the park during the day; at night, when the theater comes to life and the lights are on, the glass becomes transparent from the outside, permitting views of the interior of the building."

— from Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and Associates, 1962-1975. p133.

Sources on Power Center

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. balance diagram, p181. binuclear diagram, p205. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Francesco Dal Co. Kevin Roche. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. ISBN 0-8478-0680-4. LC 85-43064. NA737.R57A35 1985. photo of exterior, p123. photo of interior detailing the spiral staircase, p125. site plan, p122. cross section, p122.

Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, 1962-1975. Tokyo: A.D.A. EDITA Tokyo, 1975. NA737.K46K48 1975. discussion p133.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates. PCD.2285.1013.1265.90. PCD.2285.1013.1265.89. PCD.2285.1013.1265.88. PCD.2285.1013.1265.87.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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