Project DescriptionFROM THE AIA:
The Levitt Pavilion is the focal point of the 9.5-acre SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, part of the larger re-development of the former Bethlehem Steel mill. By design, the mill’s five 20-story blast furnaces, iconic in their own right, form a dramatic backdrop the newly created 21st Century Town Square project. Knitted together in its repurposed industrial landscape are four plazas, a playground, a picnic area, and at the heart of it stands the Levitt Pavilion. Clad in perforated, stainless-steel panels, the shell is an asymmetrical segmented arch that touches the ground on one side and cantilevers over the stage. The amphitheater bowl’s chevron shaped COR-TEN steel and precast concrete retaining walls echo the folded plates of the pavilion’s shell, establishing a dialogue that binds the overall site together. The urban design and architecture of this new project rejuvenates life on all parts of the SteelStacks Campus, creating a series of outdoor places that are aesthetically appropriate and programmatically supportive of the activities and aspiration of the community.
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