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.
Client: Conseil Départemental du Pas de Calais
Size: 1233 m2
Budget: 4.3 million euros
Studio Andrew Todd architects, auditorium and landscape design
L+A Landscape Architects
LM Structural and Environmental Engineering
Charcoalblue Acoustics and Theatre Consultants
Bureau Michel Forgue, Cost Consultant
Cabinet Casso, Fire Engineering