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

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Architects: Paul Laurendeau Architecte, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte
Location: Dolbeau-Mistassini,
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
Consultant: Go multimédia
Acoustics: Legault & Davidson
Civil and structural engineer: Dessau
Project area: 2,630 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2008
Photographs: Marc Gibert

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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 & 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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