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Elizabethan Theatre,

Chateau d'Hardelot

Condette, France

Completed 2016



Winner, World Architecture News Wood in Architecture Award 2018

Nominated, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture -Mies van der Rohe Prize

Special Commendation, GAGA Awards, the Galvanisers’ Association


Our Château d'Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre opened on June 24th 2016 to a global media acclaim. For Le Moniteur (online) the building is 'a masterpiece, in the manner of the Guggenheim Bilbao, but for a fraction of the cost.' Covered in mainstream national media in 12 countries and widely analysed in professional journals around the world, subject of two doctoral theses, responses have centred on the building's ecological ambitions and its combination of contemporary design with a timeless form. It has been singled out as the most important wood construction in France in 2016, and has been presented in keynote presentations at major industry conferences including the Holzbau Forum.

The building had been vandalised for political reasons just before its inauguration, eliciting worldwide coverage and a declaration of outrage from the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Audrey Azoulay.

See also for this project: Auditorium  /  Process  /  Construction  /  Details  /  Servant  /  Site

Client: Conseil Départemental du Pas de Calais

Size: 1233 m2

Budget: 4.3 million euros


Studio Andrew Todd architects, auditorium and landscape design

Niclas Dünnebacke

Philip Mellor-Ribet

Bridget O'Rourke

Nadia Raïs

Solveig Rottier

Andrew Todd

L+A Landscape Architects

LM Structural and Environmental Engineering

Charcoalblue Acoustics and Theatre Consultants

Bureau Michel Forgue, Cost Consultant

Cabinet Casso, Fire Engineering



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