London’s Flanagan Lawrence has won the competition to reconfigure a 1970s outdoor theatre in Szczecin, Poland
The AJ120 practice beat off competition from a number of Polish practices to win the £2.4 million job, which will see the transformation of the famous 1976 Szczecin Summer Theatre.
The scheme aims to ‘enhance and project’ the natural acoustics of the 4,500-seat facility – a controversial project when it was first built, due to its complexity and spiralling cost.
According to the practice, ‘the doubly-curved roof form follows the natural slope of the amphitheatre on the existing hillside to retain the views across the park, and then dramatically lifts over the stage to provide the necessary height for the performance area’.
The roof will be structurally independent of an existing arch, and is formed by a curved truss, which serves as the edge beam to a single cable net structure, the practice said.
This net supports a series of inflated fabric roof panels and suspended acoustic reflectors. Two additional trusses span the stage to support the load of the lighting grid.
Polish practice Domino Grupa Architektoniczna Wojciech Dunaj finished second in the competition, with Orlowski Szymanski Architekci in third place.
Two more Polish practices – Wunsch Projekt and Bielenis Architektura – were also shortlisted.
Flanagan Lawrence’s proposal will also provide additional facilities, including a box office, bathrooms, a café and a refurbished backstage area.
The original structure, including the concrete arch, was designed by Polish architect Zbigniew Abrahamowicz.
Client: The City of Szczecin (Gmina Miasto Szczecin)
Architects: Flanagan Lawrence
Structural engineer: Expedition
Cost: 12 million zloty (approximately £2.4million)
Area of site: 16,659 m2
Expected completion date: 2018
The Szczecin amphitheater/summer theatre by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz
Source: Piotr Kuczynski