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Redesign of the Roman Quarry disposed Opera Festivals / AllesWirdGut Architektur

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

© Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus © Hertha Hurnaus

From the architect. 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
site plan

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.

© Hertha Hurnaus
© Hertha Hurnaus

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
© 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.

entrance building section 02
entrance building section 02
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