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HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - AUDITORIUM



HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - AUDITORIUM
HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - AUDITORIUM | France | 2016

Category: Culture, Conference
Space: Large, New-build, Interior
Status: Built
Team: Studio Andrew Todd, Charcoalblue, Bureau Michel Forgue, LM Ingén
Budget: 4.2 Million Euros


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The Château d'Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre auditorium contains 388 seats in its standard 'Shakespearean' format, which reduces to about 290 with the use of an orchestra pit and stage wings in a totally different format as an intimate, baroque-scaled opera house. Acoustically designed for music and speech, the artistic community has acclaimed the warmth, silence and slightly sacred character of its sonic atmosphere. Drawing inspiration from the convivial and vernacular Shakespearean precedents -particularly the Rose Theatre, which has very similar dimensions- our building employs innovative construction techniques -CNC-milled curved CLT panels- which, despite being resolutely contemporary, have something of the simplicity and timelessness of the historical precedents. The theatre seating was custom-designed with three models, a low and high bench with tip-up seat for the balconies and a wooden double bench for the stalls, which are flexible in layout.