Bahrain National Theatre / AS.Architecture Studio

  • 26 Sep 2013
  • Cultural Featured Selected Works Theater
© Nicolas Buisson

Architects: AS.Architecture Studio
Location: ,
Area: 10370.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Nicolas Buisson

Engineer: Setec Bâtiment
Lighting Designer: L’Observatoire
Theatre Consultant: Theatre Project Consultants
Acoustics: XU Acoustique
Local Consultant: Atkins

© Nicolas Buisson

From the architect. Programme: Main auditorium of 1,001 seats, flexible auditorium of 150 seats, exhibition areas.

© Nicolas Buisson

Project: Bahrain, “the kingdom of the two seas”, offers a flat island landscape. The National Theatre fits in this landscape, connecting the sky and the sea. It expresses a cultural belonging to the Arab world and its layout is that of an Arab palace, settled around an empty central space. The traditional palace patio is replaced by the main foyer. The main auditorium is located in the centre of this space, encased like a precious jewel. The play of water, shade and light is present throughout the building. The National Theatre is a landmark that embodies the artistic and cultural dynamism of the Kingdom both regionally and globally. It is designed to accommodate national and international events. It also serves as an urban and cultural centre, a place for creation and rehearsal, where artists breathe life daily.

Ground Floor Plan
* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "Bahrain National Theatre / AS.Architecture Studio" 26 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
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  • Yann Jurkiewicz

    Very nice woody hall indeed. But why not crediting those who took part in its successful design ? Their style and influence is easy to recognize though…

    • Julie

      I’m curious to know who you’re talking about Yann ?

      • Kyle

        I get a feeling he’s talking about the Zaha’s Guangzhou Opera House interior, they are indeed very similar.

  • Pedro Aguiar

    Nice. Yes. But I think someone went to Copenhagen, looked at the opera house there and said “I want one”.

  • Croco Dile

    Finally a good project in the oil region.

    • hector


  • Mostafa Ragab

    I think it does not represent Bahrain or the region -gulf region- the design itself looks like it comes from a region in europe or somewhere but not the region or culture and the materials “wood”!!! in this desert region?!

  • Małgorzata

    I hate thin columns! Everywhere.

  • Rud

    It is amazing how much this is a rip-off of The opera house in Copenhagen…..