Barcelona-based architects Flores y Prats are the authors behind the impressive and comprehensive renovation project of ‘Sala Beckett‘, a theatre and drama space in Barcelona, located inside a 1920’s building. The architects’ aim was to maintain the building’s spatial design and decoration, preserving the unique qualities of a historical building, while proposing new usable, contemporary spaces for the ‘Obrador Internacional de Dramatùrgia’ who will be using the premises.
Project / Construction: Flores & Prats Arquitectos: Ricardo Flores & Eva Prats.
Client: Sala Beckett + Institut de Cultura de Barcelona.
Competition date: January 2011.
Construction: April 2014 – March 2016
Location: Calle Pere IV 228, Poble Nou, Barcelona.
Total Surface: 2.923m2.
Budget: 2.500.000 €.
Theatrical Engineering: Marc Comas.
Acoustic Engineering: Arau Acústica.
Scenography counseling: Elisabet Castells.
Technical building engineer: Xavier Badia.
Structural project: Manuel Arguijo.
Technical project: AJ Ingeniería.
TEXT BY THE ARCHITECTS
Sala Beckett / Obrador Internacional de Dramatùrgia is a place not just to perform contemporary theatre but dedicated to the formation of young dramaturges, giving them the possibility to put in scene their plays for the first time. Sala Beckett is also a place were the most renowned Catalan dramaturges have studied, and is constantly exchanging workshops and seminars with many other countries in Europe and America. Founded 20 years ago by Sanchis-Sinisterra as Teatro Fronterizo, is today a reference in the drama world in and outside the country.
The new building will maintain the spatial characteristics of the original building and will grow on top of it to give space to the new programme. With this transformation of the existing building, old and new will work at the same time: it will be a place where one will find signs of previous occupations, but the whole building will be actualized for the new use.
The result is not a piling up of programme but something else: in its interior an enormous vestibule connecting the three levels, and outside, a big new roof that transforms the old “Cooperativa” into a big house: The New House for the Dramaturges.
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