Théâtre Legendre Evreux Building, Northern French Architecture, Haute Normandie Design

Théâtre Legendre Evreux Design

28 + 27 Oct 2020

Théâtre Legendre Evreux News

Location: 1 Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux, Haute Normandie, Northern France

Design: OPUS 5 architectes

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building France

Photos © Luc Boegly

Théâtre “Legendre” in Evreux

In Évreux, OPUS 5 architectes has delivered the renovated Théâtre “Legendre”, enhancing the town’s emblematic Beaux-Arts style edifice with a more contemporary look and feel.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building France

The highly respectful project aimed to restore this theater dating from 1903 to its former glory, in its original architectural style and including the design of a new décor for the lobby.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building France

Inaugurated in 1903, the Théâtre d’Evreux, and commonly referred to as the Théâtre Legendre, was built in the Beaux-Arts style and signed by the architect Léon Legendre. Despite its relatively restricted floor area, it possesses the full range of features traditionally found in a theater.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building France

Listed since 2002 with France’s “Monuments Historiques” supplemental inventory, it had to be closed to the public in 2006 due to the deteriorating conditions observed in the breeze block masonry and interior décors and to other security nonconformities. A series of projects were undertaken at the time and then prematurely halted, mainly because of cost overruns related to the challenging characteristics of the underlying ground.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building

Prior to its restoration, the theater’s southern façade was in state of ruin and bore traces of past damage. Its restoration was done in such a way as to erase the successive modifications from view and to restore its original proportions by recreating the brick and silex facings and initial apertures. The program included full upgrading to current standards for theaters and the adaptations required for operating contemporary stage sets.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building Haute Normandie

The extension to the south of the existing building houses the new functions of the theater, which include dressing rooms and green rooms, the offices of the director and the stage manager as well as a rehearsal room. It is separated from the theater by the insertion of a setback creating the space for a vast glazed lobby, that forms an interior street and ensures perfect readability of the existing brick and breeze block façade.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building Haute Normandie

Three metal footbridges connect the historic theater with its extension. In parallel, a large volume behind the stage was created to increase the depth of an initially very limited stage area, create a link between the courtyard and the garden for artists and to house a lifting platform for moving stage sets.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building Haute Normandie

The interior wall of the extension that faces the existing theater and which extends the length of the lobby was treated as an immense perfectly smooth mirror reflecting the outlines and shades of the brick and breeze block masonry, creating an appealing vision from the square in front of the town hall and setting up an illusionistic interplay of images, characteristic of theater, where the distinction of reality from fiction is blurred. The strips of cladding located to the right of the windows and the ventilation grilles of the technical systems are perforated to ensure continuity of the material and penetration of light and air.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building interior

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building interior

The décors of the hall itself were restored to their original state. The structural survey of the highly deteriorated décors of the historic building offered no certainty as to the existing elements. Thus, the decision to design a new décor, one which fully participates in the renewal of this theatrical venue and the new life of a monument that had for so long been closed to the public.

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building interior

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building interior

Théâtre Legendre in Evreux – Building Information

Client: Ville d’Evreux
Architect: OPUS 5 Architectes – Bruno Decaris, Agnès Pontremoli, Pierre Tisserand
Scenography : Luc Perrier
Structure: Batiserf Ingénierie
Acoustics: Impedance
Economist: Icegem
Security: Batiss

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building exterior

Surface: 2,500 m²
Capacity: 360 seats
Cost: €8,000,000 excl. VAT
Calender: Delivered in Septembre 2019

Photos: Luc Boegly

Théâtre Legendre Evreux building exterior

Recent French Building Designs by OPUS 5 architectes

– Redesign of the Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul bell tower
Rue de Verdun, Colombes (92)
Ville de Colombes

– Science Museum
41 Quai du Léon, Morlaix
Morlaix Communauté, Espace des Sciences

– Maison de quartier de Navarre
Rue Aristide Briand, Evreux (27)
Ville d’Evreux

Théâtre Legendre Evreux images / information from OPUS 5 architectes 271020

Address: 1 Square Georges Brassens, 27000 Évreux, France
Phone: +33 2 32 29 63 32

Location: Théâtre Legendre, Evreux, France

New Buildings in France

French Architectural Projects

French Architecture Design – chronological list

French Architecture News

French Theatre Buildings

Contemporary Music Centre Evreux
Design: Hérault Arnod Architectes
Modern Music Center Evreux
photograph : André Morin
Contemporary Music Centre Evreux

French Architect Offices – design firm listings

French Architecture

Northern French Buildings

Northern French Architecture – Selection

Mantes-la-Jolie Aquacenter, north west of Paris
Design: Agence SEARCH
Mantes-la-Jolie Aquacenter - Val-Fourré Building, France
photo © Emile Dubuisson
Mantes-la-Jolie Aquacenter

Musée des Beaux-arts Reims, north east France
Design: X-TU, Architects
Musée des Beaux-arts Reims

Zap’Ados, Calais
Design: Bang Architectes

The Metaphone – Oignies, north east France
Design: Hérault Arnod Architectes
The Metaphone – Oignies

French Architect

French Buildings

Comments / photos for Théâtre Legendre Evreux Building page welcome