A collaboration between UK practices DRDH and Julian Harrap Architects has won an international competition to restore a historical neo-classical theatre in Antwerp, Belgium
The London-based team saw off competition from firm DMT with Steenmeijer architecten, Ghent-based Robbrecht en Daem, Belgian outfit SumProject and TenBrasWestinga of The Netherlands in the contest to revamp the Bourlaschouwburg Theatre.
DRDH, whose Stormen Concert Hall and Library in Bodo was named the AJ’s Building of the Year 2014, is working with Arup Theatre & Acoustics and engineers ABT and RCR.
The Bourla Theatre, Antwerp
Source: Senne van der Ven
As well as the restoration of the existing the building, which was designated a protected monument in 1938, the scheme will address ’the contemporary theatrical needs of its resident theatre company’ Het Toneelhuis.
The 900-seat theatre was completed by Antwerp city architect Pierre Bourla in 1834 and is the last remaining municipal theatre in Europe.
The next stage of the project will be to develop a ’detailed design strategy, capable of engaging an array of interested parties and establishing a development programme for the coming years’.