Museums, Libraries and Cultural Centers

Otto M. Budig Theater, Cincinnati

Designed by GBBN Architects, the Otto M. Budig Theater opened in August 2017. The home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, the theater in brings the audience close to actors, with all seats less than 20 feet from the stage. The 250-seat facility has six rows of seating that wrap a flexible thrust stage. Aisles between sections allow actors to walk among the audience.

The theater has subtle nods to Shakespeare including an exterior modeled after London’s National Theater, intersecting metal roof and wall panels, and a roof peak reaching a crescendo at the front of the building. The roof is made up of three intersecting triangular-shaped sections.

Inside, the 38,000-square-foot theater is modeled after Shakespeare’s Globe Theater with indoor lighting that emulates starlight, which would have been seen during Elizabethan-era, open-air performances.

Petersen Aluminum Corp. supplied 5,400 square feet of its 24-gauge, 7/8-inch Corrugated roof and wall panels in Champagne Metallic and Custom Metallic Bronze. Tecta America Zero Co. installed the roof panels and ProCLAD Inc. installed the perforated wall panels. The corrugated panels were installed with matching edge metal. The project was completed for $17 million in July 2017.