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OPUS 5 Architectes, Theater, Extension

Setting the Stage: Theatre Restoration and Expansion in Évreux by Opus 5

The Art Nouveau building, listed as a French cultural heritage site in 2022, had to be closed down in 2006 for structural reasons; problems with the brickwork and the decaying southern façade made renewal necessary. The restoration was planned by the Opus 5 architectural practice, which in rehabilitating the theatre and helping it regain its former glory paid particular attention to the historical structures. To adapt the cultural building to contemporary requirements, the architects also designed an extension for new functions comprising dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, offices and greenroom actors’ lounges.

The planners designed the extension as a plain, two-storey volume and placed it a certain distance from the old theatre building. High curved concrete panels sheathe it on three sides, with the result that its outer skin resembles a heavy stage curtain – the same effect that now also characterises the east side of the theatre building. A rectangular volume that makes the impression of having been inserted into the theatre enlarges the backstage area.

A spacious glazed foyer has also been interposed between the theatre and extension, plus the two are connected by open walkways at various levels. Being completely mirrored towards the intermediate space, the foyer provides fascinating reflections both of the old masonry and the surroundings. For visitors, this brings about a surreal effect that blurs the boundary between fiction and reality.

Further information:

Szenography: Luc Perrier
Statics: Batiserf Ingénierie
Acoustics: Impedance
Area: 2.500 m2
Seats: 360 Plätze
Costs: 8 Mio. €


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