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Contemporary Arts Buildings + Theater Developments across the World

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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Theatre Buildings.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and design competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Arts buildings.

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Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

York Theatre Royal Building Renewal, England, UK – 17 Feb 2016
Design: De Matos Ryan, architects
York Theatre Royal Building
image : De Matos Ryan

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, City of York Council and York Conservation Trust with generous grants and donations from local and national trusts and foundations, corporate and individual supporters. A further £153,000 has been raised through a public fundraising campaign.

Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre, Montpellier, France – 7 Oct 2013
Design: A+Architecture
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre
photo © Marie-Caroline Lucat

This a colourful new timber theatre building in a lovely mature landscape site in the south of France. Based around the harlequin concept the external faces and some of the interior is decorated with a diagonal timber lattice.

400 Hall Theatre, Derbyshire, England – 15 Jul 2013
Design: Avery Associates
Repton School 400 Hall Theatre
photo : Tim Soar

Avery Associates Architects’ new 400 Hall Theatre at Repton School has just won a Royal Institute of British Architects East Midlands Regional Award, and its Building of the Year Award, the top prize for the region. Last year, it won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Design and Innovation Award and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Gold Award for Technical Excellence.

Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Mariinsky Theatre
image from architect

Mariinsky Theatre – 19 Dec 2012
Major new Russian building due to open in May 2013, designed by Canadian architects

Theatre Spijkenisse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Design: UNStudio
Theatre Spijkenisse Building
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
Grand Theater Tianjin Building
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
St James Theatre London
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
Design: afritects
The Soweto Theatre Johannesburg Building
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
The BrOnks Youth Theater Brussels
photograph from architects

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
National Theatre Brussels
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
State Theatre Western Australia
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
Théâtre la Licorne
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
WIU Theater
picture from architect

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.

Theatre Buildings

Featured Theater Buildings + Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Amphion Theatre, Doetinchem, Holland
Amphion Theatre Building
photograph © Christian Richters

Amphion Theatre
Bijlmer Park Theatre, The Netherlands
Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter
Bijlmer Park Theatre Building
photograph : Pieter Kers

Bijlmer Park Theatre, Amsterdam
Bodø Nye Kulturhus, Norway
DRDH Architects
Norwegian Architecture Competition
image from DRDH

Bodø Nye Kulturhus : Architecture Contest
Conversion Theatre 11, Switzerland
EM2N Architects
Zurich Theatre Building
photograph © Hannes Henz

Conversion Theatre 11, Zurich
Caernarfon Arts Centre, Wales, UK
Richard Murphy Architects
Caernarfon Theatre Building
picture from Richard Murphy Architects

Caernarfon Theatre Building
Kingsmead Theatre, Enfield, England
Tim Foster Architects
Kingsmead Theatre Building
image from architects

Kingsmead Theatre
La Llotja Theatre, Lleida, Spain
Mecanoo architecten
La Llotja theatre
photograph : Christian Richters

La Llotja Theatre and congress centre
Le Quai Theatre in Angiers, France
Le Quai Theatre
photo : Luc Boegly

Théâtre ‘Le Quai’

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Theatre Architecture

Key Buildings / Projects – no images, alphabetical:

Estepona Theatre building, Estepona, Spain
David Chipperfield Architects

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Theatre Architecture – German Buildings, no links

Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus
Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf
photo © webbaviation

Staatsoper Building, Mitte, Berlin
Staatsoper Building
photo © Adrian Welch

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