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Contemporary Arts Buildings + Theater Developments across the World

post updated 13 Feb 2021

Theatre Buildings

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Theatre Buildings.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and design competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Arts buildings.

Theatre Buildings : news + : A-L (this page)

Theatre Architecture : M-Z

New Theatre Building Designs

Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

17 Feb 2016
York Theatre Royal Building Renewal, England, UK
Design: De Matos Ryan, architects
York Theatre Royal Building
image : De Matos Ryan
York Theatre Royal Building Renewal
The project has been funded by Arts Council England, City of York Council and York Conservation Trust with generous grants and donations from local and national trusts and foundations, corporate and individual supporters. A further £153,000 has been raised through a public fundraising campaign.

7 Oct 2013
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre, Montpellier, France
Design: A+Architecture
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre
photo © Marie-Caroline Lucat
Jean-Claude Carrière Theatre
This a colourful new timber theatre building in a lovely mature landscape site in the south of France. Based around the harlequin concept the external faces and some of the interior is decorated with a diagonal timber lattice.

15 Jul 2013
400 Hall Theatre, Derbyshire, England
Design: Avery Associates
Repton School 400 Hall Theatre
photo : Tim Soar
400 Hall Theatre
Avery Associates Architects’ new 400 Hall Theatre at Repton School has just won a Royal Institute of British Architects East Midlands Regional Award, and its Building of the Year Award, the top prize for the region. Last year, it won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Design and Innovation Award and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists Gold Award for Technical Excellence.

19 Dec 2012
Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Mariinsky Theatre
image from architect
Mariinsky Theatre
Major new Russian building due to open in May 2013, designed by Canadian architects

26 Oct 2012
Theatre Spijkenisse, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Design: UNStudio
Theatre Spijkenisse Building
image : UNStudio
Theatre Spijkenisse
The design for the Theatre Spijkenisse focuses on the placement and orientation of the building in the urban location, whilst simultaneously providing architectural solutions for programming needs and public access.

13 Oct 2012
Tianjin Grand Theater, China
Architect: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
Grand Theater Tianjin Building
photo : Christian Gahl
Tianjin Grand Theater
The Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park.

29 Aug 2012
St James Theatre, Westminster, London, England, UK
Design: Foster Wilson Architects
St James Theatre London
photograph : Tom Cronin
St James Theatre Building
The new theatre designed by Foster Wilson Architects has been built on the site of the old Westminster Theatre, which was destroyed by fire in 2002. The Theatre Complex includes a new 312 seat auditorium as well as a 100 seat studio theatre, bar and restaurant.

13 Aug 2012
The Soweto Theatre, Jabulani, Johannesburg, South Africa
Design: afritects
The Soweto Theatre Johannesburg Building
photo : Leon Krige
The Soweto Theatre
This building is in the heart of the culturally rich Jabulani CBD precinct Soweto, South Africa. The precinct is being redeveloped by the City of Joburg Property Company SOC (JPC) into a high density, mixed use and vibrant neighbourhood comprising of over 200 000m2 of new commercial and residential development.

added 11 Aug 2012
The BrOnks Youth Theater, Brussels, Belgium
Design: MDMA l Martine De Maeseneer Architects
The BrOnks Youth Theater Brussels
photograph from architects
The BrOnks Youth Theater Brussels
As the first public building realized by MDMA, the BrOnks Youth Theater represents the culmination of two decades of practical and theoretical investigations.

added 4 Apr 2012
National Theatre Brussels, Belgium
Design: sca Architectes Associés
National Theatre Brussels
photograph : M-F.-Plissart
National Theatre Brussels
The large, main theatre hall, variable in size and shape, has a seating capacity of 752, of which 244 seats are on ground level, 239 seats within stalls (including the galleries) and 269 seats in the balconies (also including galleries).

9 Feb 2012
State Theatre Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Design: Kerry Hill Architects
State Theatre Western Australia
photo © Adrian Lambert – Acorn Photo Agency
State Theatre Western Australia
The building volumes are clearly articulated on the site. The theatres are stacked vertically and located centrally, freeing up space on the site for a large courtyard: an urban oasis and outdoor event space.

20 Jan 2012
Théâtre la Licorne, Montréal, Canada
Les architectes FABG
Théâtre la Licorne
photo : Steve Montpetit
Théâtre la Licorne Montréal
The new building of Théâtre la Licorne like the theater company that runs it, La Manufacture, has a strong bond with its surrounding area.

26 Apr 2011
WIU Theater, Illinois, USA
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
WIU Theater
picture from architect
WIU Theater
The new Western Illinois University Performing Arts Center comprises two brick-clad wings connected by a two-story, glass-walled gallery. The building will contain a 250-seat theater with thrust stage, a 150-seat studio theater and a 1,400-seat proscenium theater. Construction of the building will begin in 2012.

Theatre Architecture Designs

Featured Theater Buildings + Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Amphion Theatre, Doetinchem, Holland
Amphion Theatre Building
photograph © Christian Richters
Amphion Theatre

Bijlmer Park Theatre, The Netherlands
Architectenbureau Paul de Ruiter
Bijlmer Park Theatre Building
photograph : Pieter Kers
Bijlmer Park Theatre, Amsterdam

Bodø Nye Kulturhus, Norway
DRDH Architects
Norwegian Architecture Competition
image from DRDH
Bodø Nye Kulturhus : Architecture Contest

Conversion Theatre 11, Switzerland
EM2N Architects
Zurich Theatre Building
photograph © Hannes Henz
Conversion Theatre 11, Zurich

Caernarfon Arts Centre, Wales, UK
Richard Murphy Architects
Caernarfon Theatre Building
picture from Richard Murphy Architects
Caernarfon Theatre Building

Kingsmead Theatre, Enfield, England
Tim Foster Architects
Kingsmead Theatre Building
image from architects
Kingsmead Theatre

La Llotja Theatre, Lleida, Spain
Mecanoo architecten
La Llotja theatre
photograph : Christian Richters
La Llotja Theatre and congress centre

Le Quai Theatre in Angiers, France
Le Quai Theatre
photo : Luc Boegly
Théâtre ‘Le Quai’

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Theatre Architecture Projects

Key Buildings / Projects – no images, alphabetical:

Estepona Theatre building, Estepona, Spain
David Chipperfield Architects

Theatre Architecture – German Buildings, no links

Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus
Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf
photo © webbaviation

Staatsoper Building, Mitte, Berlin
Staatsoper Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Cinema Buildings

Art Gallery Buildings – key buildings

Arts Centre Buildings – key buildings

Buildings / photos for the Theatre BuildingsTheater Designs page welcome