Summer Theatre in Szczecin

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Summer Theatre in Szczecin

Architectural Development in Poland – design by Flanagan Lawrence, Architects

15 Jan 2016

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

Design: Flanagan Lawrence

Location: Szczecin, Poland

The award-winning practice has designed an acoustically optimised outdoor performance space, located in Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin

Flanagan Lawrence has won an international competition to design a Summer Theatre in Szczecin, Poland.

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

The brief called for design proposals to maximise the flexibility of the 1976-designed theatre for a variety of performances on the stage, and to add a new roof to enclose both the stage and the audience.

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

The underside of the roof, which covers the stage and front of auditorium, will enhance and project the natural acoustic for orchestral events. This is achieved by a roof which is structurally independent of the existing arch, and is formed y a curved truss which serves as the edge beam to a single cable net structure. This net supports a series of inflated fabric roof panels and suspended acoustic reflectors. Two additional trusses span the stage to support the load of the lighting grid.

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

The back of the stage is enclosed acoustically by curved glazed screens, which offer picturesque views out to Rusalka lake and create a scenic backdrop to performances.

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

Flanagan Lawrence’s proposal will also upgrade the 2,500 seat structure with additional facilities including a box office, bathrooms, a café and a refurbished backstage area.

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

The original structure, including the concrete arch, was designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened in 1976.

Summer Theatre – Building Information

Client: The City of Szczecin (Gmina Miasto Szczecin)
Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Acoustics: Arup
Structural Engineers: Expedition
Cost: 12million Polish zloty (zł) (Circa £2.4m)
Area of site: 16659 sq m
Expected completion date: 2018

Summer Theatre in Szczecin

Photographs © Flanagan Lawrence

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