Prepared as sculptural architecture, this reflects on the constant but varied waves of the Rock River. A moving flow of lines as the patrons move in and around the structures change from various viewing locations. Portions of the wave are covered, while others float freely in the air and cast ribbons of shadows that are changing with the sun.
Entrance to the park is aligned off center of the existing pedestrian path forcing patrons to follow the lines and shadows of the building to determine their entrance location. A play of solids and voids in the screen wall concept bring a playfulness and encloses the amphitheater in random visuals through the wall.
The simple but elegant sweep of the canopy over the stage continues the rolling nature of the structures while providing necessary shade for the performers.
Total Estimated Cost:$4,770,000
In designing the main performance area for the Janesville Riverfront Amphitheater, creating the stage portion of the facility had to support a variety of performances from one person acts, small bands or choral groups to a full symphony orchestra. The idea of providing portable stage extensions that would provide additional flexibility was incorporated into the design. While the permanent stage area of approximately 74 feet wide by 34 feet deep will support almost all performances, the extensions would increase the depth to 42 feet.
Back stage was prepared to provide required space for receiving equipment, setup, performers, storage for chairs and equipment for daily operations of the facility. Overhead doors separate the stage from back stage to secure storage and access to lighting and sound equipment and controls while providing a generous area for performers and equipment to move between stage and back stage. Secured storage areas are provided for easy access to sound and lighting equipment and a yard storage room (at spectator level) for storage of chairs to be used on the patterned concrete spectator area immediately in front of the stage.
While the projected capacity of the amphitheater is just over 4,200 guests, several styles of seating areas are provided. A patterned concrete area immediately in front of the stage is anticipated to seat approximately 840 when set-up with auditorium seating in radius of rows.
Two event sponsor raised seating areas are being proposed. The upper deck area over the concessions, rest room and ticket building will provide seating with tables and chairs for 98 guests and the elevated seating area south of the concessions building will provide seating at tables and chairs for 140, and may include a bar and service areas for food.
Grass area seating on the ground or in lawn chairs may provide additional seating for almost 3,200 guests.