The Domaine of O, site for which we conceived the project is breathtaking ; its forest of pine trees, its history, the space it unrolls inspired a light and delicate concept. The Theatre lands between the esplanade set for big tops and the nearby pinetrees with the utmost respect towards the environment and existing trees. The theatre orientation both breaks the historic axis and fits in the main composition of the site ; its structure relies on the strength of this axis in order to maintain unity and to enhance the new theatre in the Domaine of O. This culture box offers its surroundings and passersby new pathways to wander through and new spots for gathering. The altimetry of the site allowed us to draw comfortable and light stairs and to complete the implementation of the theatre. The stage is set, the lights are on, the curtain rose and the. The proposed square offers a deep breath to the public feed. It extends the domain of O very airy spaces and plays the same register than the entrance with its large crevice. It is also place of waiting and the show, to observe those who wander on the major axis of the field. This large courtyard leads visitors at the entrance of the theatre and restaurant. This wide mineral courtyard gives access to the theatre and restaurant. This new cultural facility extends the lines and urban fabric that characterise the domaine of O. This lightness in the pedestrian circulations contrasts with the imposing mass of our project. We designed impressive dimensions for an ambitious performing hall. The Jean-CLaude Carrière theatre now puts his light dress on..
Multiple stakes. The architecture both had to prevent the neighbourhood from undesired noises through a a perfect isolation, and also to conceive the ideal acoustic comfort not to tire the voices and make every sound and emotion perfectly audible. Eventually this duality is improved and ensured by the width and composition of the walls and through the panels tilt, they bannish any floating echoes.
All choices in terms of stage set, scenography and space designs are linked together with the main architecture concept. Our thinking was devoted to technical recquirements such as the pedestrian circulations, the mobility of the stage, the space management and its adjoining entities. We wondered the best way to welcome theatre ensembles, how their props would be delivered, etc. We developped a scenography that has a huge potentiel to adapt and open to any cultural and artistic activities.
The metaphor of Harlquin’s fabric is obvious, a character that is cherish by the Domaine of O. We redefined this theme to create a light and tangy color and texture. The wood panels cross each other and envelop the volume ; Wood structures the hall as well. Its declinsions avoid monotony, they vibrate and create several rythms and let the red box be seenwhen necessary. This vast weave is punctuated with sparks of bright diamond-shape lights, another reference to Harlequin. At night they strike the eye and create an electric and playful ambiance. It is distended on the entrance to magnify this space and offer a new point of view on the surroundings. The wooden dress lifts itself up! And reveal its secrets. Spectators are invited to enter and discover a space dedicated to theatre. A mezzanine allow them to see and be seen. The diamon-shapes also echoe inside. The project On the entrance(entry), this dress lifts up itself to let show through the secrets of this place of theater. The spectator skips under these bottoms to discover a space treated(handled) with the same care as the outside facing. This diamond is put in echo and repeats in the internal space. If the lace of diamond-shapes is the signature of the project, it also hides other many references to domains related to culture, theatre and to the site of course. The red tint of the building’s shell resumes ochres present on the domain ; it adds to the architectural coherence of the site. The theater is delicately integrated into the Domaine of O.
Client: Budget: 6 687 000 € excl tax 2620 sqm floor area 1st Prize winner June 2012 Completed June 2013
70 m building length 22,3 m building width 13,2 m building height 21,3 m stage width 17,5 m stage depth 12 m stage height under the technical grid 10 m hstage height under the walkway
600 seats 1200 the capacity for standing guests
1200m3 the volume of wood necessary for this project 900m3 volume of KLH 300m3 640 number of KLH panels 540 tons of wood