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Bahrain National Theatre / Architecture-Studio

  • 01:00 - 26 September, 2013
Bahrain National Theatre / Architecture-Studio
Bahrain National Theatre / Architecture-Studio, © Nicolas Buisson
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From the architect. Programme: Main auditorium of 1,001 seats, flexible auditorium of 150 seats, exhibition areas.

© Nicolas Buisson
© 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
Ground Floor Plan
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Rud · October 01, 2013

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

Ma?gorzata · September 30, 2013

I hate thin columns! Everywhere.

Mostafa Ragab · September 29, 2013

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?!

Croco Dile · September 27, 2013

Finally a good project in the oil region.

hector · September 30, 2013 12:01 PM


Pedro Aguiar · September 27, 2013

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

Yann Jurkiewicz · September 27, 2013

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 · September 27, 2013 11:56 AM

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

Timbuktu Urbanist · September 26, 2013



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