Multi-level design jets its way to Prague festival

Multi-level design jets its way to Prague festival

Massey University spatial design student Ana McGowan has won a prestigious international competition as part of international design exhibition, the Prague Quadrennial on Performance Design and Space

McGowan came out tops in the theatre architecture competition for her work titled ‘New Ruins’, beating out over 180 entries from 44 countries. For her winning design efforts, the student snagged for herself $10,000 and her entry will be on display with fellow entries at the exhibition in Prague from June 16-26. 

As part of the competition, run by OISTAT (The International Organisation for Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians), entrants were asked to design a theatre space for a particular type of chosen performance within St Anne’s, an ancient deconsecrated church in Prague. 

McGowan saw the brief as an opportunity to design a flexible structure made of scaffolding and with towers erected as the performance was happening. 

“With its moveable multi-level structure the design attempts to encourage spectators themselves to be the spectacle,” she says. “In considering the relationship between architecture and audience, both become an active presence contributing to the atmosphere and spatial dynamic.” 

The Prague Quadrennial on Performance Design and Space is held once every four years and covers a broad spectrum of design disciplines, including sound design, lighting, costume and performance art. Over 60 countries will feature over the course of this year’s exhibition and 40,000 visitors are expected.

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