‘Sala Beckett’ renovation of a theatrical space in Barcelona, by Flores y Prats

The project competition, which was won in 2011, led to years of research and design for the renovation and expansion of the existing spaces within the 1920’s original building. A unique project by Spanish architects Flores y Prats, photographed by Adrià Goula.

 

'Sala Beckett' Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

‘Sala Beckett’ Theatre Space by Flores y Prats © Photographs by Adrià Goula

 

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.  (more…)

“Frederick Kiesler: Architect, Artist, Visionary” at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

Martin-Gropius-Bau is devoting an exhibition to the universal artist Frederick Kiesler, whose complex oeuvre is presented in all its facets for the first time in Germany. Central projects, important artistic friendships and collective works illustrate his importance in 20th-century architecture and art history and map out his environment.

 

 Frederick Kiesler, Film Guild Cinema, Screen-o-Scope, New York 1929 Photo: Ruth Bernhard, reproduced with permission of the Ruth Bernhard Archive, Princeton University Art Museum © Trustees of Princeton University

Frederick Kiesler, Film Guild Cinema, Screen-o-Scope, New York 1929. Photo: Ruth Bernhard, reproduced with permission of the Ruth Bernhard, Archive, Princeton University Art Museum © Trustees of Princeton University

 

Frederick Kiesler, born 1890 in Czernowitz (Chernivtsi), died 1965 in New York, was an Austro-American architect, stage designer, designer, artist and theoretician. His artistic approach blurring boundaries between individual artistic genres, his concept of an endlessly flowing space and his holistic theory of design Correalism belong to the greatest visions of the 20th century and enjoy undiminished topicality. Over and above this, Kiesler was a central figure in the network of New York’s aesthetic community, and his circle of friends reads like a Who-is-Who of the avant-garde. (more…)

Theatre at Llinars del Vallès, by Alvaro Siza and Aresta architects

The compact, red brick building’s design attends to the demands of the town hall’s masterplan for the construction of new cultural equipment in the century-old park of Can Marquès, surrounded by forest vegetation and natural streams of water.

 

Theatre at Llinars del Vallès (2016) Alvaro Siza + Aresta © Fernando Guerra

Theatre at Llinars del Vallès (2016) Alvaro Siza + Aresta © Fernando Guerra

 

Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza Vieira has recently completed, in partnership with the Spanish team of architects Aresta (Manuel Somoza and Manuel González), a+u, and SLP architects, a compact, red brick theatre building in Llinars del Vallès, a small town in Catalonia, Spain.

The site of the new building, just outside the urban fabric of Llinars del Vallès, is located in an estate’s house park surrounded by trees and a natural stream of water.

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Almada Theatre Festival, celebrating theatre and architecture in Lisbon

Within the framework of the 32nd edition of the Almada Theatre Festival, Lisbon will be host to a series of events dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture through the initiative “Giving place to the happening” with the participation of Luis Amalia Rodrigues Carnero, Tim Simon and João Quintela, among others.

 

Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela

Povera Pavilion by Tim Simon and João Quintela © Diana Quintela

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre in Lisbon, designed by the architects Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira . To mark the date, the Almada Festival created a cycle dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture .

The highlight of this initiative will be the Povera Pavilion , designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon, who are also curators of the other activities programmed. In between theater performances, workshops, exhibitions, educational service initiatives, conferences and debates, it will still be possible to make a tour to the ” Blue Theatre “, guided by Manuel Graça Dias,  who will explain some of the stories that are at the origin of the architectural decisions for the project. (more…)