World-Class Performance Venues through Mass Timber

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Ground-breaking pop-up performing art venues bring small and mid-size communities options for facilities that would otherwise be unaffordable. PresenceLab founder Alban Bassuet developed these structures following 20 years of designing performing art facilities and securing a number of acoustical patents. Using prefabricated mass timber material for the structure and finish, and partnering with leading engineering firms and mass timber fabrication companies, PresenceLab has created high-quality performing arts venues at a fraction of the usual expense. Designers, patrons of the arts and government representatives come together to explore the potential these structures offer.

Hosted by Northeast Collaborative Architects.

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Alban Bassuet

PresenceLab LLC

Alban Bassuet is an internationally recognized venue and installation designer, planner and acoustician. He practiced for 15 years at the design and engineering firm Arup in New York. He has created the venue concepts and designed the acoustics of some of the most innovative venues in the world such as the new Greek National Opera House, Le Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland or the Recital Hall at the Tippet Rise Art Center. Recognized for pushing the boundaries of representation of the arts, he has collaborated on installation projects with artists such as James Turrell, Ensamble Studio, Ai Wei Wei, Philip Glass, Mark di Suvero, Patrick Dougherty, and Stephen Vitiello. Alban’s work also finds inspiration in his earlier research work at IRCAM and from his academically recognized research study of historical European music spaces for the Constellation Project. Most recently, Alban was the executive director of the revolutionary 10,000-acres Tippet Rise Art Center, seen today as a new destination for the arts and music in America, where he led the new facility’s planning, architectural and acoustical design and contributed to the curating and sitting of artwork, the music programming and the art center’s operation.