Temporary Timber Theatre, Vancouver

TED talks are inspirational speeches from leaders, philosophers, writers, artists and designers from all over the world. For the annual TED conference in Vancouver, the 30-year-old organization tried something completely new. They built its own theatre, a temporary, 20,000-square-foot semi-circular space made of locally forested timber and outfitted with a rainbow of modified office furniture (with sixteen seating options, from beanbags to lounge seating and traditional theatre chairs).

Vancouver Convention Center hosted the temporary 1200-seat auditorium designed by David Rockwell, who won the Presidential Design Award for his extraordinary work renovating New York’s Grand Central Station. His firm, the Rockwell Group, is also designing the interior for the JetBlue terminal at New York’s JFK Airport. The pop up theatre was built from 600 wood components, and assembled in just 4.5 days, designed to be easily disassembled and reused by TED for years to come. See more rockwellgroup.com

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