Finding a location for the micro theater adjacent to the Communication and Arts Building was integral in the development of the project. The existence of excessive constraints and the lack of available space made it almost impossible to find a suitable and efficient setting for the micro theater. There was a need to work with an existing small shed located on a constrained and sloped area beside the building, which used to function as an art space and storage. The proposal to integrate the theater and combine it with the existing art gallery provided the opportunity to take advantage of the slope, which brought the theater to a level above, connecting it to the buildings nearby with landscape intervention and the use of ramps while maintaining and expanding the art space below.
To define the boundaries of the new theater, existing tree cover lines on the north side were maintained along with the campus edge, which is bordered by a drive that act as a major vehicular pathway going to and from the city center. These elements, albeit their potentially strategic presence in the city’s urban fabric, largely contribute to the constraints themselves, forming an evident separation between the site and its surroundings, leaving a nonexistent connection and relationship between the built and the natural environment. These conditions strongly define the direction of the project and become the preeminent topic of discussion.