Arena Stage at the Mead Center, was designed by Bing Thom Architects, that located in Washington DC, United Kingdom. Named one of the ten best recent buildings in Washington, DC by the Urban Land Institute and termed ‘a brilliant blend of new construction and unorthodox preservation’ by Metropolis Magazine, Arena Stage was welcomed to the public realm in a festive opening ceremony in late October where President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leant their support as honorary chairs, and DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle served as honorary co-chairs.
Over the years Arena Stage has gone from strength to strength. In the early 1950s, the theater first came to life in ‘found space’, quickly progressing to an interlocking series of structures – Fichandler Stage, Kreeger Theater and a modest support building, all designed by Washington architect Harry Weese.
BTA’s recent addition wraps these three existing structures in a glass curtain wall of 370 individual panes with the inclusion of the new 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle Theater, introducing the Center as the second largest performing arts complex in Washington, DC beaten only by Edward Durrell Stone’s Kennedy Center.