Theater Achieves Open and Unique Aesthetic

Jan. 17, 2019

The new Writers Theater, located in Glencoe, Ill., designed by Studio Gang Architects, creates a space that brings energy to the town while maintaining an essence of transparency and fluidity.

Glencoe, Ill.
Studio Gang Architects
© Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

In 2016, Writers Theater packed up and moved to a new location in Glencoe, Ill., in order to perform in a larger space and attract additional followers.  Decked with floor-length windows and open social spaces, collaboration is encouraged with the hope of better uniting people through theater.


Located in the downtown area, the building reflects the theater company’s objective to maintain intimacy and audience involvement. The main theater seats 250 patrons with a second performance venue, a black box, seating 99. Amenities also include several rehearsal rooms, a public gathering space and a formal event venue on the second floor. One of Chicago’s most reputable architecture firms, Studio Gang Architects—led by Jeanne Gang, FAIA—designed the new Writers Theater with the intention of creating a space to bring energy to Glencoe while maintaining an essence of transparency and fluidity.


Materials for the project included metal products finished in Valspar’s Fluropon exterior architectural coating donated by Petersen Aluminum (PAC-CLAD). The donation consisted of more than 6200 sq. ft. of PAC-CLAD materials, including 0.040 aluminum sheets in Midnight Bronze and 24 gauge steel sheets finished in Stone White. Additionally, 230 liner feet of PAC-TITE 0.040 Angular Fascia and 180 sq. ft. of PAC-750 Soffit Panels were also installed to complete the exterior.

The metal material coincides with a strategic mix of wood and concrete, adding to the building’s façade. While not an orthodox blend of materials, this design mirrors the Writers Theater mission of pushing the envelope and challenging the norm. In addition to the pleasing aesthetic, the incorporation of metal wall panels provides the building with lasting protection and sustainability.

Complementing the benefits of the metal wall panels, Fluropon equips Writers Theater with color retention and consistency. More than beauty, Fluropon boasts flexibility and formability, as well as resistance against the elements.


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