Stark monochromatic interior of Saint Rocco church brings stone ruins into focus

Architects Luigi Valente and Mauro Di Bona have renovated the former church of Saint Rocco in southern Italy into a theatre with a black and white interior. Located in the small commune of Rotello near Campobasso, the historic landmark has been restored into a permanent performance venue and multi-purpose hall. Fragments of the stone floor […]

Stufish models the Chimelong Theatre in China on traditional circus tents

An undulating golden facade wraps around the 6,700-seat Chimelong Theatre on Hengqin Island in China, which Stufish has designed to evoke the form of traditional circus tents. Located south of Macau, the giant circus theatre was built by entertainment architecture studio Stufish to replace the Chimelong Hengqin International Circus City that was irreparably damaged by […]

Alexandra Palace Theatre restoration makes a feature of decades of decay

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has refurbished the long-abandoned east wing and theatre at Alexandra Palace in London, leaving its original surfaces visible in a state of “arrested decay”. The architecture studio has revived the Victorian theatre space, along with the east court exhibition hall and adjoining spaces, conserving them while also upgrading them to meet […]

Maich Swift Architects creates canal-side theatre as third Antepavilion

The third annual Antepavilion is a three-storey colourful rooftop structure designed by Maich Swift Architects that will be used as a canal-side theatre and is topped with a light beacon. Named Potemkin Theatre, the pavilion has been built on top of a warehouse in Haggerston. It has been designed to be the backdrop to performances that will […]

SERA expands Portland Playhouse with building wrapped in glass and charred wood

American studio SERA Architects has overhauled a 115-year-old church building and created a contemporary addition to house a nonprofit theatre company in Oregon. Since 2008, the Portland Playhouse has operated out of a once-vacant church in the city’s King neighbourhood. In the early days, the group got by with sofa seating and other make-shift solutions. […]

Witherford Watson Mann builds “unorthodox” opera theatre within old stable block

Witherford Watson Mann has overhauled a former stable block in Leicestershire to create the rural Nevill Holt Opera theatre, which is shortlisted for this year’s Stirling Prize. Located on a listed estate in the English hamlet Nevill Holt, the building seeks to echo the “imaginative space of opera” by challenging the typical aesthetic of a […]

Henning Larsen completes Iceberg-like opera house in Hangzhou

Henning Larsen designed tech white angular volumes of Hangzhou Yuhang Opera, which visitors can climb up, to look like “floes of ice” on a lake. The waterfront performance venue in Hangzhou, China, contains a 1,400-seat auditorium, a 500-seat black box theatre, and an exhibition centre. The white facade of the cultural centre in Hangzhou, China, is punctuated with […]

MAD designs Yiwu Grand Theater to look like a Chinese junk

Architecture studio MAD has designed a theatre for the city of Yiwu, China, which will be surrounded by water and topped with “glass sails” to give it the appearance of a boat sailing on a river. Set to be built on an island near the south bank of the Dongyang River, which flows through the city […]

David Rockwell inserts huge plywood box into The Shed for inaugural concert

David Rockwell has created “a rough and ready kit of parts” for the set of the first concert at New York cultural venue The Shed. The New York architect, who designed The Shed with firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, was enlisted to create the stage for a five-day music concert held at the venue. It opened 5 […]

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