American International School of Johannesburg, Performing Arts Theatre, Johannesburg, South Africa

  • FIRM

    Flansburgh Architects


    American International School of Johannesburg

  • AREA

    15,000 sq.ft.





Design Team:
David Croteau, Joseph Marshall

Acoustics, function, and aesthetics work in harmony to produce a beautiful result at the new 525-seat performing arts theater at the American International University of Johannesburg.
As part of the master plan created for the school in 2011, the design of the theater had to maximize opportunities for social ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMGLH ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$167.00FEATURED IN2016 Architectural Portfolio and community use while incorporating arts into the life of the school. As a result, the performing arts facility includes a scene shop, dressing rooms, music ensemble rehearsal studios, practice rooms, a film studio, a design technology workshop, and a visual arts studio.
The stage is equipped with panels that can be pivoted to create a reflective acoustic shell for musical performances. A large, movable wall opens onto an arts courtyard with access to music rehearsal spaces and visual and digital arts studios. The perforated wood and African stone combined with the charcoal colored seats of the interior hint at the woven baskets and rough hewn structures of rural South Africa.
The bold, geometric exterior mirrors the tone of the new fitness center and gymnasium and aquatics center that Flansburgh designed for the school as part of its campus revitalization.