RIEVAULX PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE
Excerpt from Master's Thesis 2013
This preliminary design proposal for a performance institute to exist within the twelfth century ruins of Rievaulx Abbey is a part of Master’s thesis entitled “Enframed.” Rejecting the notion of perceiving ruin as a simple material for contemplation, the institute coexists with the ruin as the most recent episode in its architectural history, to preserve not its material artifact but its presence. The new entity grows from the framework of the ruins, to frame its historical, architectural, and material identity. It aims to inscribe a contemporary relation by introducing a new order to the old presence and reinstate the site continuum of Rievaulx Abbey. Programs include: building workshop, indoor performance theatre, outdoor performance spaces, practice halls, artist in residency units and dormitory.