The 2014 TED conference housed attendees at its new pop-up theater – designed to be rapidly assembled and disassembled annually. Constructed in a six-day feat of logistics, this innovative structure relied on the capabilities and trust of manufacturers, fabricators and installation crews.
A total of 600 modular boxes were built in a warehouse in Vancouver, then shipped to the site. All had to be made strong enough to give the theater structural stability, but light and small enough for workers to move them around and to fit through 12-foot wide doors. The assembly took six days and two crews of 30, each working 12-hour shifts on an hour-by-hour deployment plan to construct the structure.
The theater’s furniture, shipped from Steelcase, was installed in only 12 hours. Designer David Rockwell relied on Shaw Hospitality Group for the carpet – not only to manufacture and ship the material in time for the event, but also for the design. On the floor is “Crease” from the Layered Luxe Collection, which was designed in collaboration with Rockwell himself.
Watch a time lapse video of the construction of the Next Chapter Theater at TED2014.
A theater that can be dissembled, stored and reassembled in future years seems to make sense for TED Conference, where the world’s most thought provoking and captivating speakers on technology, entertainment and design converge.
Read more about the design of the TED2014 Next Chapter Theater here.