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The Tennessee Pavilion

Tennessee Pavilion

The two radial tents roof units that cover the auditorium space hang from A-fames which lean inward and are restained by stay cables.The saddle-shaped membrane of the stagehouse roof nestles under the auditorium roof. Similar stay cables at the front arch are gathered to an arch-like restaining cable, which becomes the proscenium arch between stage house and auditorium . Vertical curtains, attached to the tie cables at the back of the stage, can be raised in order to open the view to the water behind.

The stage house roof, low at the rear and high towards the audience, forms an effective soundboard. The tent units over the audience, on the other hand, become "black holes" for sound waves, so that the audience experiences a sense of privacy and intimacy in spite of the unprotected sides which open the pavilion to the noisy world around it. Built as part of the 1982 World's Fair, the 1500 seat pavilion remains in frequent use, and it's Teflon-coated fiberglass membrane still glows in the Knoxville night sky.

Project Cost: $ 1.2 million.
Completion Date: 1982
Owner: The State of Tennessee
Architectural Design & Engineering: Horst Berger, Principal in Charge, Geiger Berger Associates, New York