Marking Keller

The Midtown Neighbourhood Group, 2017

The Keller Auditorium is a performing arts centre located in Portland Oregon built in 1917 and refurbished in 1966. The 2,992 capacity venue often hosts the Portland Opera, the Oregon Ballet as well as many touring shows. 

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The design competition sought to ‘explore potential ideas of marking the Keller Auditorium as a centrepiece of the neighbourhood'. The STUFISH / Michael Curry Design Proposal connects the auditorium with the Ira Keller Fountain by pedestrianizing the existing road between them and extending the Auditorium lobbies towards the fountain. 

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The new primary curving façade choreographs the view for visitors, focusing everyone’s attention towards the centre stage at the base of the cascading Keller Fountain. In addition to creating an enhanced fountain view, the cantilevering façade partially covers a new public plaza at street level, promoting public events and outdoor performances. The inclusion of a bar and restaurant on the extended first and second floor promotes the Keller Auditorium as a destination for all times. The addition of these two extended levels to the Keller Auditorium Lobbies transforms it into a dual aspect performance venue allowing people to view performances inside as well as those taking place outside.

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