KINETIC PUPPETRY THEATRE
by jack morris
This project revolves around the performance and production of Wayang puppetry, a traditional Indonesian form of shadow puppetry, known as Wayang Kulit. The design is inspired by kinetic architecture, where the main building component consists of multiple rotating timber panels with a sustainable leather cladding that form a façade for the first and second floor and tell the story of the building. The panels rotate – dissolving the façade – controlling lighting, airflow, and acoustics which benefit the performance. Part of the wall can be tilted down towards the adjacent green space, allowing a large-scale performance for an external audience. The kinetic and tilted façade makes this a cultural building which celebrates the civic life of a city.