Chateau d'Hardelot - Landscaping 2021
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 is situated in parkland adjacent to an 80-hectare natural park, a uniquely privileged position for a resolutely contemporary building which seeks to shift the paradigm of ecological construction. Costing 4.2 million euros (exclusive of fees and taxes), it consists of a 388-seat auditorium with public front of house spaces and an underground backstage. Approached across a lawn, the building hides its entrance from the principal approach route; one must discover the building's asymmetrical volumes before finding the front door. The massing is dynamic, inviting movement around it, and dissimulates any exterior perception of the axis of the auditorium. The entrance presents a view penetrating right to the heart of the auditorium, as if the building's centre was a clearing in the woods.
After completion of the building we were commissioned to develop the broader context. Working with L+A Landscape architects we completed the full grassed surrounds of the building (including the approach road for delivery access) and planted high grasses creating a buffer around the north side. A circle of seven oaks was installed as a hinge space leading to the recently completed Tudor Garden; the trees were set out on the diameter of the auditorium inside.
The photographs on this page were taken in September 2021 to mark the maturation of the building's surrounding landscape.
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
photos © Martin Argyroglo