We just received word that one of our favorite architects, David Rockwell, is designing a brand new outdoor performing arts and cultural center in Southampton, New York. Made of recycled steel trusses and solar panel-covered glass, the 300-seat venue will be a beautiful addition to the Hamptons, which is becoming increasingly sustainable in terms of architecture. The eye-catching circular pavilion is meant to be used all year-round, hosting fun family events like concerts, lectures and outdoor movies in the summer and doubling as an ice rink in the winter.
Rockwell’s pavilion was originally slated to be a replacement performance center while the Southampton Parish Art Museum began a year-long construction period. However, the design was so outstanding, it was quickly upgraded to a place that will entertain and enlighten Hamptonites before, during, and long after the build. The structure stands at 35 feet tall and 85 feet wide, with massive open air archways that will allow the summer breezes to blow through it. Thick red fabric curtains can also retract to protect visitors from the elements or ensure a quiet atmosphere for certain performances. The pavilion is slated to begin hosting events in the summer of 2013.