We've selected what we feel are the key examples of Theatre Buildings. We aim to include buildings that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.
We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and design competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Arts buildings but information on key traditional buildings is also welcome.
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Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Diamond Schmitt Architects
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Mariinsky Theatre - 19 Dec 2012
Major new Russian building due to open in May 2013, designed by Canadian architects
Theatre Spijkenisse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
image : UNStudio
Theatre Spijkenisse - 26 Oct 2012
The design for the Theatre Spijkenisse focuses on the placement and orientation of the building in the urban location, whilst simultaneously providing architectural solutions for programming needs and public access. Traffic flows play an important role in the organisation of the building.
Tianjin Grand Theater, China
Architect: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
photo : Christian Gahl
Tianjin Grand Theater - 13 Oct 2012
The Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park.
St James Theatre, Westminster, London, England
Design: Foster Wilson Architects
photograph : Tom Cronin
St James Theatre Building - 29 Aug 2012
The new theatre designed by Foster Wilson Architects has been built on the site of the old Westminster Theatre, which was destroyed by fire in 2002. The Theatre Complex includes a new 312 seat auditorium as well as a 100 seat studio theatre, bar and restaurant. Above the theatre is a new apartment building, designed by Loates Taylor Shannon with interiors designed in conjunction with Nicky Haslam.
The Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Johannesburg, South Africa
photo : Leon Krige
The Soweto Theatre - 13 Aug 2012
This building is in the heart of the culturally rich Jabulani CBD precinct Soweto, South Africa. The precinct is being redeveloped by the City of Joburg Property Company SOC (JPC) into a high density, mixed use and vibrant neighbourhood comprising of over 200 000m2 of new commercial and residential development. The objectives for this project were to provide a fitting and versatile venue for the advancement and sharing of arts and culture in the area, and to assist in furthering the economic and social development of arts and culture in the area.
The BrOnks Youth Theater, Brussels, Belgium
Design: MDMA l Martine De Maeseneer Architects
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The BrOnks Youth Theater Brussels - added 11 Aug 2012
As the first public building realized by MDMA, the BrOnks Youth Theater represents the culmination of two decades of practical and theoretical investigations. Indeed, the project has been underway throughout most of MDMA’s career – four distinct projects were designed for two different sites over a period of fourteen years. The final version was commissioned in 2002 by the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.
National Theatre Brussels, Belgium
sca Architectes Associés
photograph : M-F.-Plissart
National Theatre Brussels - added 4 Apr 2012
The large, main theatre hall, variable in size and shape, with a seating capacity of 752, of which 244 seats are on ground level, 239 seats within stalls (including the galleries) and 269 seats in the balconies (also including galleries), is equipped with : a stage of 25 x 13 m, a backstage of 20 x 5 m, a lateral stage of 13 x 7.5 m and a below-stage height of 4.60 m.
State Theatre Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Kerry Hill Architects
photo © Adrian Lambert - Acorn Photo Agency
State Theatre Western Australia - 9 Feb 2012
The building volumes are clearly articulated on the site. The theatres are stacked vertically and located centrally, freeing up space on the site for a large courtyard: an urban oasis and outdoor event space. Theatre foyers are located on the perimeter of the site: low transparent volumes that reinstate the urban scale of the surrounding streets and celebrate the activity within. Multiple entries create a permeable, welcoming venue, knitted into the urban fabric.
Théâtre la Licorne, Montréal, Canada
Les architectes FABG
photo : Steve Montpetit
Théâtre la Licorne Montréal - 20 Jan 2012
The new building of Théâtre la Licorne like the theater company that runs it, La Manufacture, has a strong bond with its surrounding area. It tends to communicate with the city and reflects the type of theater that it produces: straightforward and urban. Aesthetic choices made during the design phase also reflects the idea of "manufacture": Simplicity of form and the use of raw materials: glass, metal, concrete, brick.
WIU Theater, Illinois, USA
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
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WIU Theater - 26 Apr 2011
The new Western Illinois University Performing Arts Center comprises two brick-clad wings connected by a two-story, glass-walled gallery. The building will contain a 250-seat theater with thrust stage, a 150-seat studio theater and a 1,400-seat proscenium theater. Construction of the building will begin in 2012.
Featured Theater Buildings + Architecture Projects, alphabetical:
|Amphion Theatre, Doetinchem, Holland
photograph © Christian Richters
|Bijlmer Park Theatre, The Netherlands
Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter
photograph : Pieter Kers
Bijlmer Park Theatre, Amsterdam
|Bodø Nye Kulturhus, Norway
image from DRDH
Bodø Nye Kulturhus : Architecture Contest
|Conversion Theatre 11, Switzerland
photograph © Hannes Henz
Conversion Theatre 11, Zurich
|Caernarfon Arts Centre, Wales, UK
Richard Murphy Architects
picture from Richard Murphy Architects
Caernarfon Theatre Building
|Kingsmead Theatre, Enfield, England
Tim Foster Architects
image from architects
|La Llotja Theatre, Lleida, Spain
photograph : Christian Richters
La Llotja Theatre and congress centre
|Le Quai Theatre in Angiers, France
photo : Luc Boegly
Théâtre 'Le Quai'
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Key Buildings / Projects - no images, alphabetical:
Estepona Theatre building, Estepona, Spain
David Chipperfield Architects