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Michaela Robinson


Robinson is a 5th year Architecture student. In her 3rd year, she participated in the Rural Studio program and studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. She has placed in two design competitions: at Rural Studio where she and her teammates received first place for their replica of an Aalto Stool (2014) and in 4th year where she received second place in the Alagasco Design Competition for her assisted living and market rate housing project in Birmingham, AL (2015).

The square is the heart and soul of Elba, and this project creates a large room that opens entirely onto the square. It forms a space where the community can gather for a meal, rest during Halloween or hold a farmers market during the summer. This project creates one large room by proposing to move the stage and service spaces to one side of the building. For performances to be held in the theater, there needs to be adequate space for dancers / actors / musicians to wait in the wings and a place for quick wardrobe changes. So, this proposal maximizes the stage to twenty-seven feet with two wings and a dressing room while forming one large open space. This space can remain as a large room or be divided into two separate spaces (lobby and theater) by a large curtain that acts as both a visual and acoustic barrier.

Elba Theatre: Room on the Square, (2) 12”x 24” unframed boards, 2016

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