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Revolver

Studio 02, Undergrad Architectural Design, James Madison University

Noh Theater and Wood Carving 

Revolver, an exploration of the Japanese traditional Noh Theater. The building values the use of natural light and shadows to create sacred spaces upon the stage as the sun rises and sets through-out the day. As a revolving structure, the floor plates mechanically move to shift the viewer in between scenes and establish a new perspective for the performances. Praise of Shadows, a class reading, discusses the importance of light to the Japanese culture and embracing the world in its natural state. There is no need to cover anything with a fake façade, but to embrace materials as they age and reflect against the sun.

One climbs up the staircases to enter the different chambers hovering above the outdoor terrain. As one enters the space, the room becomes dim with minimum electrical lights. The glimmers of light are casted by the sun through openings upon different parts of the stage. The Japanese performance begins as the male performers tell the stories of their traditions, while incorporating nature. The room be- comes silence. One feels the floor moving beneath them, pulling the room into a new direction. Pause. The floor stops, and the next scene begins. With minimum props, only using the traditional stage setting, the audience is able to become a part of the show as they shift with the performers between each scene.