ProScan International is a world-renowned leader in MRI expertise. The corporate office headquarters and lecture theater consolidates their corporate offices into a single location, while also providing a seminar lecture theater for the education of medical professionals from around the world.
The ten corporate offices, orthogonal and regularized in plan, line the perimeter walls of the space, thereby allowing each office to receive daylight. The lecture theater fills the void formed by the placement of these offices. ProScan views this theater as the image for the recognition of ProScan as a leader in MRI expertise internationally. It contains state of the art audio-visual equipment that requires a blackened spaces, thus spatially dictating the logical placement of the theater in the middle of the floor plate.
The formal strategy of the project incorporates a simple organizational system of two overlapping rectangular volumes within the space. These volumes represent public and private space allocation and imply the formation of a third volume at the center of the interior space. This interior third volume became the lecture theater – the primary focus of the spatial and material experimentation in the project.
The form of the theater is an extrusion of the rectilinear grid of the offices stretched across the theater space, with the individual strips reacting to the directional audio and visual lines of communication of the four major components of the lecture theater: audience, projection system, screen and orator.