Architects of the Dutch atelier OMA have recently completed a scenography project including three temporary devices which reinterpret spaces of a 2500 year old theater in Sicily’s famous town of Syracuse, Italy. The first intervention to the ancient theatre consisted of employing “the ring” – a walkway that completes a semi-circular seating terrace, envelopes the stage and the backstage spaces, while offering actors a new way of stage entry. The next element is a seven meters high tilted circular platform, reflecting the amphitheater. The platform can be turned around and opened up, which also allows for symbolic entrance of the actors. Third, and final part, is created by a circular podium, which embodies an archaic altar for Dionysian rites. Aluminum scaffolding in combination with layered plywood have been used as the materials of choice.
A winning design in the contest for the Albi Major theater in France, came from the well known office Dominique Perrault Architecture. The theatre is going to stand at the edge of historic centre where it will become a cornerstone for a new network of public spaces and cultural objects. Simple geometry of the object lines the Général de Gaulle street and creates two roughly triangle plazas oriented towards the new cultural alley.
The concave cube shaped object will be home to a large auditorium, galleries, experimental rooms and a roof garden, where a restaurant will offer views of the cityscape and surrounding nature along with refreshments. Concrete covered with bricks both insides and out were chosen as the main building material. As a contrast to the solid walls, the architects designed a mantle of copper meshwork, which dresses the orthogonoal theatre in gentle curves.
This municipal theater is situated in Guarda, in a rural part of Portugal. The buildings are located in the central part of the city, south of the historical centre. The site is contiguous with the close-knit urban fabric but does not share a direct relationship with the surrounding public space. The new buildings have been designed for this very particular spot.
The complex is composed of two autonomous and differentiated buildings, imposing a certain formal autonomy on them. The whole complex is very puristic, with the emphasis on the contrast of materials. Enamelled glass next to wood or metal, the trend used in the interior but also exterior. The facade is dominated by glass-fibre, concrete panels, glass and granite. The objective was to create various forms and spaces which will persuade and attract visitors.
Bengt Sjostrom Starlight theater is unique for its roof. The theater serves University Rock Valley. The roof resembles to Japanese origami and is movable- while closed, it works against the bad weather, outdoor events can take place by opening the roof. Open roof look like flower petals in the shape of a helical sequence, each of them overlapping an adjoining petal. Theater space for up to 1100 people offers from centered vertical axis to the sky an observatory for the stars. The main architects of this fabulous building come from studio Gang Architects.