The Times did more than an obituary; their coverage reflects Bing’s international presence, but with a particular focus on this main work in the U.S. – Washington’s Arena stage:


Bing Thom, Daring Architect With a Sense of Place, Dies at 75

Bing Thom, a Canadian architect whose swooping, playful design for the Arena Stage company’s Mead Center for American Theater enlivened Washington’s dreary southwestern waterfront and drew critical acclaim, died on Tuesday in Hong Kong. He was 75. …

“I sometimes analogize a city to a string of pearls,” he told The New York Times in 2010, shortly after the new Arena Stage compound was completed. “As an architect I’m as interested in the string as in the pearls.”

Before he took on Arena Stage, the company used two modernist theaters designed by Harry Weese. The company wanted to move to a more upscale neighborhood, but board members did not want to abandon the original theaters.


Mr. Thom’s solution was to enclose the two theaters and add a third. He proposed a 200,000-square-foot structure that featured a soaring cantilevered roof over an undulating glass curtain wall. When it was completed in 2010, at a cost of $135 million, a critic for The Times compared it to a “three-ring circus under a big top.” …

“Mr. Thom’s biggest achievement may be the third structure, the Kogod Cradle, a site for new and developing productions that is anything but a black box,” The Times wrote about the new theater, which was named after the philanthropist Robert Kogod. “An elliptical space paneled in dark-stained wood, it feels almost spiritual.”