Théâtre de l'Archipel, Perpignan

L'Archipel is the largest regional theatre of the southernmost region in France, which is entirely dedicated to Mediterranean and Catalan Art. Its main theatre was designed to accommodate both larger and smaller audiences, requiring specifically designed variable acoustical blinds and reflective curtains.

The large hall of the Theatre de l'Archipel – called Le Grenat –
has a variable seat-count ranging from 600 to 1200 seats.
© KA
The textured walls of Le Grenat theatre act as acoustic diffusers
and provide uniformly distributed lateral reflections.
© KA
This Venetian blind consisting of wavy wooden boards is a mobile acoustic partition allowing to vary the capacity of the room and its acoustics.
© Philippe Ruault
Detail of the Venetian blind.
© Philippe Ruault
The 400-seat Black Box is equipped with retractable tiers
and offers a large range of possible stage configurations.
© Philippe Ruault
General view of the Théâtre de l'Archipel.
From left to right: Le Grenat theater, the stage tower,
the rehearsal room, the changing rooms and administration
offices' building, the scenery studio.
The Black Box theatre is located behind.
© AJN
The concrete stage tower has been inspired by the architecture of the dungeons and castles in the Perpignan region.
© KA
Information Sheet

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Location   Perpignan, France.

Project Cost   32 million €.

Time Frame   Winning competition entry in 2005, design 2006-2008, construction 2009-2011, opening October 2011.

Owner   Mairie de Perpignan/Agir Promotion (Public Private Partnership).

Architect(s)   Jean Nouvel, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Paris, et Brigitte Métra, Métra & Associés, Paris.

Theatre Planner(s)   Michel Cova, dUCKS Scéno, France.

Seat Count   Main theatre with varying seat count from 600 to 1 200, 400-seat Black Box theatre, rehearsal rooms, workshop and administration. Total area 8 200 m².

Uses   National theatre center dedicated to Mediterranean and Catalan theatre.

Services   Comprehensive acoustics consulting, from basic design through construction supervision and opening services. Collaboration on the variable partition and acoustical blinds' design, used to reduce the main theatre's space when the seat count is reduced to 600.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Project Manager, Yann Jurkiewicz, Kahle Acoustics.

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