Jury Winner, 2016 A+Awards, Cultural - Hall / Theater
It's taken almost a quarter of a century (courtyards), and a complex realm of different functions. to become a reality, but the Gdansk Shakespearean Theatre is now finally open to the public. Located next to the remnants of the city's 14th-century walls, the exterior contains some of the Gothic elements that dominate the style of Gdansk?s Old Town. At the same time, Venetian architect Renato Rizzi introduces a new kind of hue in the city fabric a very dark and monotone anthracite brick. Maciej Czarnecki reports on the realization of the building that some locals liken to a treasure chest: sturdy and heavy on the outside, refined and polished inside.
The facades feature a handformed anthracite brick, produced in Belgium with a mix of different kinds of clay. The choice of brick was certain from the beginning. Gdansk has a red-brick milieu, but Rizzi was also captivated by the nearby medieval churches and their atmosphere, so he introduced a dark material contrast.\r\n\r\nThere are three ways to stage a performance: with an open roof (the Elizabethan style), the traditional setting (the audience is in front of the stage) and an arena layout (the scene is surrounded by the audience). The narrow corridors around the audience lead to a large lobby and an outdoor patio. This is where the audience can congregate in the interval. The outdoor roof terraces provide an attractive view that allows you to see the city in a different perspective./ / / / In the outer walls you can see beams in the brickwork. These absorb the load from the sunroof ('wings'). They reduce the weight of the walls and allow for structural optimization. The high wall hides the theatre's mechanisms and technical equipment.
The Shakespearean Theatre is an example of new architecture that is closely interwoven with tradition.