Bellevue Youth Theatre
The Bellevue Youth Theatre is designed as an environmental sculpture in the park. The living roof will be seamlessly integrated into the surrounding park lawn, providing an occupiable space over the theater as well as sound attenuation, storm water management and visual continuity of the park. A terraced lawn gently slopes down to the outdoor stage area.
The main theater space will allow for 150 patrons to be seated in the round in various seating configurations.
Support spaces are located around the main theater space.
The exterior and lobby walls are exposed concrete with a random striated vertical pattern giving the illusion of the walls being extruded out of the earth.
‘Light trumpets’ extend from the lawn. They have a wide base which narrows toward skylight apertures at the top that provides natural light into the support spaces around the main theater space. Mechanical exhaust and supply ducts, toilet exhaust fan ducts, and plumbing roof vents reach up through these ‘trumpets’ into louvers that are behind the rain screen panels, completely hidden from view in the park.
The exhaust dome at the center of the green roof, will be used to exhaust unwanted hot air rather than using energy to mechanical cool the hot air and re-circulate it back into the theater.
A geothermal system will be used to provide heat to heat pumps. Fourteen 300’ deep wells will be bored just outside the building on the south side.
The project is designed to achieve a Platinum LEED rating.