The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods

The Chrysalis Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, USA Architecture Images

The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park

Architecture in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA – design by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

May 17, 2017

The Chrysalis in Maryland

Design: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY ; Living Design Lab ; Arup

Location: Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA

Live Performance at the Chrysalis

The Chrysalis in Maryland

Apr 24, 2017

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Design: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY – Parametric Architect. Living Design Lab is the Architect of Record. Arup completed the engineering of the project.

Location: The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA

Arup Balances Aesthetics and Engineering in New Arts Venue: The Chrysalis

Location: Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA

Pavilion in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA, by Arup

Defined by a series of asymmetric arches, the open-air pavilion offered the firm a unique opportunity to showcase its unparalleled range of specialized technical services.

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NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2017 —Known for its work on major infrastructure projects and expansive developments, Arup, the global design and engineering firm for the built environment, has recently completed a project of a far different sort: an innovative gem of an outdoor performance venue located in Columbia, MD at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

Pavilion in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA, by Arup

Pavilion in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA, by Arup

The 5,000 sq. ft. “Chrysalis” shelters a world-class stage beneath a steel and aluminum-shingled shell, forming a captivating collection of complex curves and arched openings to the forest beyond.

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Drawing on its multidisciplinary experts in its New York and Washington, D.C. offices, Arup supplied theatrical and lighting design, and structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services, for the project.

Pavilion in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA, by Arup

Pavilion in Symphony Woods, Columbia, MD, USA, by Arup

Arup’s teams worked closely with parametric artist Marc Fornes THEVERYMANY; building architect Living Design Lab; specialty design-builder A. Zahner Company; steel fabricator and installer Walters Group; and, general contractor Whiting-Turner Construction Company.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

The team was cast and led by Michael McCall of Strategic Leisure, on behalf of the Inner Arbor Trust.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Arup addressed an unusual variety of challenges in bringing Chrysalis from concept to construction.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Using 3D modeling, the firm evaluated the siting of the pavilion to optimize sightlines for the audience.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Extensive wind tunnel tests provided critical information for the design of the structure’s galvanized steel frame, which, since it’s exposed to the elements, had to be both beautiful and robust.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Acoustic studies explored the impact of sound both within and beyond the building. Tunable LED lighting was designed to animate the structure, and emphasize its fluid, organic form.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

Jordan Woodson, structural engineer at Arup’s Washington, D.C. office, said, “The irregularity of the project was a great appeal for our team; all our experts were really engaged.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

With such a unique structure, every problem was new—we used a lot of brainpower to solve them!”

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

The Chrysalis opened on Earth Day, April 22.

The Chrysalis, Symphony Woods in Maryland

The Chrysalis Merriweather Park, Symphony Woods, Columbia, images / information from Arup, April 24, 2017

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

Arup


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