Rabat Grand Theatre / Zaha Hadid

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Following a recent ceremony in , Morroco, Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg (The Bouregreg Valley Development Agency) verified that architectural designs will be provided by Zaha Hadid Architects.  The program will include three theater spaces, indoor spaces consisting of 2,050-seat and a 520-seat, and a fully-equipped outdoor amphitheater holding up to 7,000 people.   The theaters will share back of house facilities, efficiently reducing the size of the building services needed.  Creative studios will also be incorporated into this cultural venue.  Estimated cost is at 120 Million Euros for the Grand Theatre.

Follow the break for more renderings of The Rabat Grand Theatre.

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Rabat, Morocco
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Associate: Nils Peter Fisher
Project Leader: William Tan
Project Team: Torsten Broeder, Martin Krcha, Hoda Nobakhti, Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Michal Treder
Structure Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor
MEP Engineer: MaxFordham
Acoustics & Theatre: Artec Consultant
Facade: Donnell Consultants Incorporated
Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc
Client: Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg
Project Area: 47,000 sqm
Renderings: Methanoia, Courtesy of Zaha Hadid

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In the Bouregreg Valley at the heart of Rabat, The Grand Theatre will be part of one of the largest developments in Morocco.  This theater, with its innovative design and cutting-edge infrastructure  will surely be a landmark for the city and the region.

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Taking its direction from the adjacent Bouregreg River, the design in one fluid sweep traverses from the ground extending into the sky.  The auditoriums are enveloped within the sculpted building that moves back to the ground, melting into the landscape.

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Mr. Essakl, Managaing Director of  The Bouregreg Valley Development Agency said, “The Grand Theatre is part of a national programme of cultural development initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The construction of the Grand Theatre will allow Rabat to showcase its rich cultural heritage as one the world’s greatest cultural centres.”

Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid shared her willingness stating, “I am delighted to be building the Grand Theatre in Rabat.  Morocco’s unique musical traditions and rich cultural history in the performing arts are renowned throughout the world. I am honoured to be part of the cultural development of the nation’s capital.”

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Rabat Grand Theatre / Zaha Hadid" 22 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Nov 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=90812>
  • Ray

    Snake oil salesmen. Subdivision surfaces and fancy renders, is this all that takes to win competitions and built these days? What are the judges smoking seriously?

  • archi

    This is a blatantly obvious rip-off of Zaha Hadid.

    • Thiefsie

      I lolled….

    • Molika

      Dude, this IS zaha Hadid. Funny though all her latest stuff looks the same i would made the same mistake too.

  • jane

    She just built one of these in guangzhou, china.

  • @

    beached whale in more ways than one, seems to be a surprisingly high occurrence of them recently