Unusual Architecture + [theatre]

Arahal, Siviglia, Spagna: [MUNICIPAL THEATER BY ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA JAVIER TERRADOS]
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

Arahal is a small town near Seville that has begun the transformation of an industrial peripheral area into a cultural ensemble.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

The municipal Theater is the first building of a future complex that will also include the refurbishment of two cotton warehouses.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

The theater will give shelter to a triangular plaza that will relate this area to the city central quarter.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

The stage box of the new building, overscaled and designed as a tower, will be the town’s next urban landmark, both during day and night time.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

Buildings designed to house theatres use to be defined by a duality between the vestibule and the scenic hall. Extroversion vs. Introversion. Relation with the city vs. relation with the imagination.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

In this building these two types of space are contained in two elongated prism that are laid out perpendicularly so that they can shape the triangular plaza.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

The lobby is designed as the extension of the urban space, visually open to it though protected by its wide cantilevered porch.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

To make this plaza possible it is necessary to solve the demanding topography of the plot. Our proposal takes advantage of the slope in order to arrange the complexity of activities of the theatre in a simple way.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

Three levels are defined, each one of them corresponding with a type of user. The upper level is intended for public; it houses the vestibule and the main entrance.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

The intermediate level is for the artists and the staff; it has the dressing rooms and the offices. The lower level is for service, mechanical, loading and unloading, storage, etc.

Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados
Municipal Theater by Estudio de Arquitectura Javier Terrados

Location: Arahal, Spain Architect: Estudio de Arquitectura JavierTerrados Project Team: Luz Baco Castro, Rodrigo Morillo-Velarde Santos, Fernando Suárez Corchete Construction Manager: Daniel Romero Quantity Surveyor: Víctor Baztán Cascales Construction Company: Atil-Cobra Area: 2300 m2 Cost: € 4.770.000 Year: 2013 Photographs: Fernando Alda