The Acton recreation center is situated on a forty acre site
of reclaimed land, two miles north of the historic town center
of Acton. The terraced site is surrounded by forests, and its
entrance is marked by a man-made beach and pond fed from artesian
The amphitheater is composed of a massive, semi-circular earth
berm. The stage area is sheltered by a sloping roof which acoustically
reflects sound back towards the seating area. The supporting
steel columns house electrical systems and downspouts. The backstage
area is defined by a desultory line of wooden fencing.
The bathhouse, located at the south end of the site, serves as a gateway to the
landscape, beach, and amphitheater beyond. The bathhouse structure includes
an office, concession stand, and an outdoor terrace for dining and viewing.
The shapes of the bathhouse and amphitheater are inflected
by the landscape; their floors are embedded with stones from
the site itself—which was once an industrial quarry.
project was completed in 1999.
The project has received the 2001 Boston Society of Architects
Design Honor Award.