It was with an interest in disruption and continuity that Francis Bitonti Studio developed this Interior for the Peconic Ballet Theater in Riverhead, New York. This 2000sqft facility features reception area changing rooms and a 1000sqft performance and rehearsal space with a sprung floor system. White walls hover between the floor and ceiling, pulling you across, around and in. Black accents punctuate the space stretching across the horizon, tearing at the static stark white field.
The reception area sets the space in motion as you enter. A long shelf element pierces through the wall, unfolding and bifurcating becoming the front desk. The solid black finish absorbs the shadows, creating a phantasmal floating threedimensional object. The cantilevered edge pulls the eye around and through an arrangement of black magnetic strips.
The sharp magnetized elements hoover somewhere off the wall and gradually taper as you slide around the corner, into the rehearsal and performance space. The simple elegance of the performance space reestablishes the continuities of the horizontal and vertical planes. The lighting is situated to create diffuse space, one without shadows, time or solid ground, leaving us with only the dancers to
provide us with a sense of time and place.
Location: Riverhead, NY
Client: Peconic Ballet Theatre
Photos: Alan Tansey