Architect David Rockwell designed the sets for Oscars 2021 ceremony within LA’s art deco Union Station.
The scenery reflected the feeling of past Academy Awards nights.
Rockwell transformed Union Station’s main ticket hall into the venue for the 91st Oscars main ceremony, which was delayed by two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Oscars ceremony is always intimate and grand at the same time, more so this year with Union Station’s soaring and historic details,” said Rockwell.
The spaced-out seating was designed so that attendees could remain in small groups in order to minimise unnecessary mixing in line with social distancing measures. Many presenters also spoke from their respective tables.
On the lower tiers, intimate wooden banquettes and individual chairs were lined with plush blue velvet and finished with elegant silver rails. Each table featured a small lamp decorated with gold Oscars statuettes.
Around the space, a scattering of similar screens served as digital picture frames displaying retro black and white photographs from past Oscars nights, which switched to live footage of the stage during the ceremony.
“We conceived a room within a room that made circulation intuitive, enveloped the audience in an intimate embrace and created a space in which the action happens everywhere, not just on stage,” explained Rockwell.
Alongside the main venue, Union Station’s north patio was turned into an outdoor seating area with teak, multi-layered decking.
Open to attendees throughout the ceremony, monitors were placed at regular intervals across the patio in order to live stream the events happening inside.
The firm recently unveiled a kit of parts designed to turn New York City’s streets into socially distanced outdoor restaurants, as well as an elevated wooden walkway that connects various amenities within a residents-only leisure club in Manhattan.