Earthen Delight

Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Illinois | After Architecture X Make, Think, Design

Earthen Delight reimagines the garden as a fanciful theatre for the performing arts. Just as the landscapes of Hieronymus Bosch set the stage for the peculiar, the terrain takes on a sensuous and playful form, complementing the theatrical drama that unfolds within it.

The stage positions itself in the center, growing from the earth and nestling into taller garden walls. These walls become the wings of the stage and slope down to become audience seating in seamless transition.

Shade and shelter is provided by a fabricated tree, which serves as a lightweight fly tower, allowing space for mounting lights and scenery.