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Theatre and Auditorium in Poitiers / JLCG Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 9 December, 2010
Theatre and Auditorium in Poitiers / JLCG Arquitectos
Theatre and Auditorium in Poitiers / JLCG Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Poitiers, France
  • Architects

    João Luís Carrilho da Graça
  • Project Team

    Giulia de Appolonia, João Trindade, Nicola Marchi, Giorgio Santagostino, João Manuel Alves, Mónica Margarido, Tiago Castela, architects; Miguel Casal Ribeiro, Emanuel Romão, junior architects (project design) Tiago Castela, João Manuel Alves, Marcos Roque, Susana Rato, Ana Lobo Martins, Paulo Costa, Miguel Costa, Inês Vieira da Silva, Inês Cortesão, Pedro Teixeira de Melo, Joanna Malitzki, Filipe Homem, architects; Paula Miranda, Frederique Petit, Elena Miret, Julieta Cunha, Emanuel Romão, Natacha Viveiros, Pedro Homem, Rui Sabino de Sousa, Annette Goehringer, junior architects (construction) Francisco Freire, Filipe Homem, Ana Lobo Martins, Frederico Santos, Sylvain Grasset, Raquel Morais, Andreia de Sá, architects; Nuno Pinto, graphic
  • Operation Architect

    Hervé Beaudouin
  • Structural Engineering

    DL Structures
  • Scenography

    Scéne, Jean-Hugues Manoury, Dominique Borlot
  • Graphic Design

    P-06 ATELIER, Nuno Gusmão
  • Acoustics

    COMMINS ACOUSTICS WORKSHOP - Daniel Commins
  • Electrical & Plumbing Planning

    Yac Ingénierie / William Gaudais
  • Budget

    45,000,000 €
  • Area

    32000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. Deciding what is essential in a given programme for a given place should be the primary objective of every single architecture project – and nothing else. This may be even more valid when a public building is concerned, as it involves a strong and vibrant interaction with the city as “work in progress”.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The building should be as simple as possible, playing a distinctive role as catalyst and support for artistic activities and events, and contributing to social interaction. It should have a clear, strong but discreet presence and image in the city, conveying information about its own content that can be read at different levels.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

As Simple as Possible

The limestone platform open to the public ensures a spatial continuity with the city and a material homogeneity with the surroundings. Slightly suspended above it lie the parallelepiped volumes of the building, covered with white matt glass. This double skin – concrete/glass – was the only “luxury” we indulged in, for it works as a medium and allows mutations in the building exterior – of color, light, image… on the inside, the possibility of communication.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The Auditorium

Designing a hall exclusively dedicated to music contributed to an optimal acoustic and architectural result.

The typological shape of the hall is that of a shoebox, a large rectangular space with a flat seating area. This model – a typology inherited from 19th century theatres that is an almost forgotten option nowadays, with the growing popularity of multipurpose halls – guarantees the quality and homogeneity of musical performance, as its shape suppresses primary and fragmented sound absorption (usually caused by sloping seating areas).

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

On the interior, leaning walls made of wood are detached from the container’s surface, producing a unitary space that incorporates both stage and orchestra. Their slightly round shape, dictated by acoustics, and their bright texture create a structure that contrasts with the container’s darker and more rigid forms.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

As a result, the delicate textured surfaces that diffuse the sound provide acoustic perfection and a feeling of sensory well-being for performers and audience alike.

Hall and foyer communicate through pivoted doors disguised in the side walls. Once closed, the continuity of the wood texture guarantees a homogeneous reading of the spatial container.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The Theatre

The theatre hall was meant to be extremely versatile and “performant”, in order to allow different kinds of productions and events to take place.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We have tried to meet both the technical demands of the “theatre machine” and the requirements of intimacy, well-being, visual and acoustic optimization of the audience space in a balanced and flexible way.

The audience space is totally configured by gypsum fibre plates that produce a unitary shape, a dark, neutral, monochromatic “cocoon” with no edges, only punctuated by the doors, control room and VIP galleries. Its homogeneous shape and materials ensures acoustic effectiveness, its simplicity emphasises the stage performance.

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José de Sousa · December 10, 2010

Mais um trabalho de um homem (grupo) que nos eleva...proporciona espaços inovadores...permite uma apropriação do espaço, sagrado de cena, pelo público...
De facto é pena não ser ver uma foto do edifício com a envolvente...
Eu penso que o grupo resolveu bem este problema.
Parabéns aos velhos e novos artistas da arte de nos fazer sonhar com um mundo melhor construído.
Este é o comentário possível de um homen que não é arquitecto, mas tem a mente aberta para tudo o que é belo.

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Als · December 10, 2010

The facade is fantastic, feels so warm and good, the right thing there. And all the pathways give it also great feeling. Interiors are fine too.

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richard · December 09, 2010

wish they had a model or helicopter shot to see the whole building

Leonardo Ximenes · December 09, 2010 11:41 PM

I'm kind of glad they didn't. It helps us to exercise our capacity of abstraction (our main design resource) so as to understand the building. It also shows the design process was 'old school', not using virtual modelling as a crutch. We can see the superior end result: although the shapes are simple, the pathways were planned to provide a rich experience. Exactly the contrary of what happens with some buildings (complex bird eye shapes, poor spatial experience)

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