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.
New Build L'Archipel, scène nationale www.theatredelarchipel.org
Location Perpignan, France.
Project Cost 32 million €.
Time Frame Winning competition entry: 2005. Design: 2006-2008. Construction: 2009-2011. Opening: October 2011.
Owner Mairie de Perpignan/Agir Promotion (Public Private Partnership).
Theatre Planner(s) Michel Cova, dUCKS Scéno, France www.ducks.fr
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.