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HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - PROCESS



HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - PROCESS
HARDELOT ELIZABETHAN THEATRE - PROCESS | France | 2016

Category: Culture, Conference
Space: Large, New-build, Exterior
Status: Built
Team: Charcoalblue, Bureau Michel Forgue, LM Ingénieur
Budget: 4.2 Million Euros


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The building's design process involved making physical prototypes in our studio of elements such as facade cladding, balcony fronts and bamboo screening; further scale models were made by Aérodynamique Eiffel in order to test and define the building's unprecedented natural ventilation system. The project was presented during design to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and theatre director Peter Brook (a longtime guide of practice director Andrew Todd). The construction process took 2 years, beginning with a sheet-pile foundation system, concrete basement and then the spectacular erection -in only 7 weeks- of the building's all-wood superstructure. We visited the Merk factory near Augsburg to observe the unprecedented fabrication process of the building's all-curved CLT structure.