Additionally, the side walls of both theatres can be opened up, so that both spaces can open directly onto the Parade square, providing new venues for the city’s infamous annual carnival and other special events.
This ‘theatre-machine’ will provoke new forms of performance; it will challenge companies to find new uses for the space, drawing international interest. To accommodate the necessary fly towers, while keeping the height of the building appropriate to its historic context, a double basement is created which provides delivery access for sets and scenery directly under the building. As both fly towers are located back to back, at the center of the building, the building’s roof lowers as it reaches the facades, to match the heights of surrounding buildings. Indeed, the new building is designed so that it is no bigger than the existing theatre.
Around its chamfered form, a gridded façade in anthracite grey is ‘draped’ that reflects the colour of the nearby cathedral’s stone and the town’s slate roofs. The façade becomes more transparent, with more glazing, where necessary, to create a connection to the public square beyond; while solid panels are used where more intimacy and insulation is needed