Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre / Jodoin Lamarre Pratte + Paul Laurendeau Architecte

  • 01:00 - 24 April, 2011
Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre / Jodoin Lamarre Pratte + Paul Laurendeau Architecte, © Marc Gibert
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Dolbeau-Mistassini, Canada
  • Architects

    Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte
  • Principals In Charge

    Marc Laurendeau, Paul Laurendeau
  • Project team

    Serge Breton, Daniel Cohlmeyer, Tanya de Bellefeuille, Claire Dusonchet, Denis Gaudreault, Pierre Grenier, Gérard Lanthier, Marc Laurendeau, Paul Laurendeau, Irina Nazarova, Matthieu Schleiss, Michel Simard, Catherine Venne, Marc Bouchard
  • Civil And Structural Engineer

  • Consultant

    Go multimédia
  • Acoustics

    Legault & Davidson
  • Area

    2630.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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In 2006, Paul Laurendeau Architect won the national architecture competition to design the 491-seat Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre, in joint venture with Jodoin Lamarre Pratte & Ass. Architectes.

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The building is strategically located in the centre of the city of Dolbeau-Mistassini. It represents a new major cultural institution. Its main street facade uses elements found in theatre language: the marquee, a grid of exposed white lights, black paint, poster display cases and signage. The building is organized along a central axis that establishes symmetry and the major circulation path for the public, from the main entrance to the doors leading to the auditorium across the foyer.

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The foyer is dimensioned to host a variety of uses, from exhibition, conferences, banquets to parties and special events. Soundproof vestibules isolate the auditorium form adjoining spaces. It is based on a cylindrical form, with a gentle sloping orchestra of 11 rows and 293 seats and flat acoustic ceiling with a huge central chandelier. Two semi-circular balconies of 2 rows and 99 seats each increase the height effect and give drama when spectators arrive. Red, black and gold colors are used to sustain the image of a performance space.

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The building opened in 2008. The population, artists and the press greeted it with great enthusiasm. Season tickets were sold in 15 minutes.

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