Redesign of the Roman Quarry disposed Opera Festivals / AllesWirdGut Architektur

© Hertha Hurnaus

Architects: AllesWirdGut Architektur
Location: St. Margarethen,
Collaborators: Ecki Csallner, Elmir Smajic, Ferdinand Kersten, Maria Magina, Mareike Kuchenbecker, Martin Brandt, Michael Sohm
Client: Fürst Esterházy Familienprivatstiftung
Project Year: 2005-2006
Contruction Year: 2006-2008
Photographs: Hertha Hurnaus

A show in the Roman quarry doubtless is a unique experience for every visitor, whether it is the classical-music lover enjoying a performance of the opera festival or a local watching the annual passion play with his friends as amateur actors.

site plan
© Hertha Hurnaus

The playing and singing under the open sky on a gentle summer night, far away from the noise of the street is an experience that even the average visitor who is not too much into opera and passion plays will find overwhelming.

entrance building section 02

Until now, though, it has only been the stage itself that has benefited from the ambiance of the location, unique in Austria, whereas the path used by visitors to get from the parking lot to their seats in the auditorium and back always was an unatmospheric, merely functional access way.

© Hertha Hurnaus

The basic idea of the design is to extend the ambiance of the magnificent rock-face scenery to all parts of the theatrical arena so as to make it a more palpable and visual enveloping experience.

Cite: "Redesign of the Roman Quarry disposed Opera Festivals / AllesWirdGut Architektur" 06 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <>
  • Balkan

    Congrats it really seems like it belongs to the site:)The nature as itself is amazing too!:)

  • Tee

    Wow, looks great on the pictures!
    And it looks great when you are there too.
    I just now saw it the first time being shown in daylight!

  • up_today_arch

    Best opera site I ever saw… And best acoustics I think:)

  • toast

    works really well in the landscape. bravo

  • yar

    Entry and circulation sequences are a real strength. I would like to see images or drawings that convey the use of the stone from the quarry either in the interior spaces or as a transition from site material to building material.

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  • Tee

    If someone is interested in more Information,
    see this film:

    • Jonjon

      if that is you in the pic……than that what i’m interested in!

      • leogar

        yah what painting is that!?

  • Matt

    Commendable idea, really, but I’m not altogether satisfied with the overall execution – especially the ramp. It all seems a bit too superficially “dropped” into the landscape.

  • Delia

    Expensive!Pretty nice!

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    Quite interesting. Congratulations. The “arduous” context helps the project, or is the project itself?

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  • RGoldschmidt

    Amazing project, frankly I was left speechless. And I hope to have good acoustics, and on the tangible and visible project impressed me very much. Xenia hope to get there;). And frankly I’m sorry you among us and also was “great lovers of art” that Mr Jonjon and Leogar

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