Aldo Rossi

Aldo Rossi’s open-air Toronto Lighthouse Theater, 1989, was represented here by a model and some drawings. The model of the project is small, yet it skillfully captures the essence of Rossi’s work, its naive, brooding, and authoritarian qualities. This modest structure displays the architect’s formal language in a compressed situation. In plan, the theater is an elongated horseshoe. The rounded end forms the seating for the amphitheater; at the central point of the outer edge is a lighthouse tower for lighting and other production needs. The open end of the horseshoe is filled with a raised stage and flanked by towers at each end. Beyond the stage is a low wall, allowing the panorama of the architectural space and the back of stage sets to be enjoyed. A large perspective drawing shows the theater as a solitary object; only the grass around it serves as context.

The tower as a form and type

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