Théâtre de Beaulieu

The Théâtre de Beaulieu, the largest in Switzerland, originally opened in 1954, is currently going through a renovation and upgrade, including the design of a new acoustically optimised orchestra shell and the integration of an electronic reverberation system.

Information Sheet

Renovation/Transformation Théâtre de Beaulieu

Location Beaulieu, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Project Cost 55 million CHF (approx. 50 million €).

Time Frame Competition: 2016. Design: 2017-2019. Building Phase: 2019-2022. Opening: 2022.

Owner Beaulieu SA.

Architect(s) Fehlmann Architects, Lausanne, Switzerland

Theatre Planner(s) Thierry Guignard, France  •  Scenographicc, France

Seat Count The main hall capacity is 1 600 seats. Total area: app. 660 m² for ground floor and 420 m² for balcony.

Uses The main hall hosts drama, theatre, dance, musicals, amplified music concerts as well as non- amplified music concerts such as operas and symphonic concerts, including a concert series by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Geneva.

Services Acoustic investigation and feasibility study, creation of specification documents for tender, with the architect redesigning the interior to optimize the acoustics, designing variable acoustics, construction supervision and acoustic commissioning of the hall.

Team Yann Jurkiewicz, Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics.

1/4Théâtre de BeaulieuThe 1 600-seat hall before renovation, as seen from stage. Photo © Yves Burdet
2/4Théâtre de BeaulieuThe 1 600-seat hall before renovation. Photo © Yves Burdet
3/4Théâtre de BeaulieuThe 1 600-seat hall, as seen from the top balcony before renovation. Photo © Yves Burdet
4/4Théâtre de BeaulieuThe 1 600-seat hall, as seen from the side before renovation. Photo © Yves Burdet