Van Nostrand is a 5th year student in Architecture and Interior Architecture. He was born and raised in Auburn, AL. He was awarded first place in the Alabama Wood Design Competition for his proposal of a natatorium in Chicago (2014) and was awarded second place for his design of a monastery in West Point Georgia (2014). He was a finalist in the Alagasco Design Competition for his assisted living and market rate housing project in Birmingham, AL (2015).
Charged with the task to facilitate a multitude of functions for the restoration of the Elba Theatre, this scheme relies on curtains to adjust the venue to a variety of events. This scheme also preserves the existing condition of the walls and steel beam with minor adjustments to the stage in order to distinguish the new pieces of the restoration from the original. This strategy is an attempt to introduce a new life for the building as a multi-purpose theater on the town square. The catering kitchen and bathrooms are consolidated in a volume within the lobby. This volume contains a mezzanine with seating tailored for more intimate gatherings or as a meeting space that overlooks the lobby and theater. Two types of curtains are at the ready to accommodate live performances, movies, banquets and receptions. In this way, the theater space can be adjusted to suit a variety of functions.