Flanagan Lawrence wins competition for the Szczecin Summer Theatre, Poland

The award-winning practice has designed an acoustically optimised outdoor performance space, located in Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin

The brief called for design proposals to maximise the flexibility of the 1976-designed theatre for a variety of performances on the stage, and to add a new roof to enclose both the stage and the audience.

The underside of the roof, which covers the stage and front of auditorium, will enhance and project the natural acoustic for orchestral events. This is achieved by a roof which is structurally independent of the existing arch, and is formed by a curved truss which serves as the edge beam to a single cable net structure. 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.

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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.
— Jason Flanagan, Flanagan Lawrence

The back of the stage is enclosed acoustically by curved glazed screens, which offer picturesque views out to Rusalka Lake and create a scenic backdrop to performances. Flanagan Lawrence’s proposal will also up grade the 2,500 seat structure with additional facilities including a box office, bathrooms, a café and a refurbished backstage area. The original structure, including the concrete arch, was designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened in 1976.

Client:                                                  The City of Szczecin (Gmina Miasto Szczecin)
Architects:                                          Flanagan Lawrence
Acoustics:                                           Arup
Structural Engineers:                    Expedition
Cost:                                                     12million Polish zloty (zł) (Circa £2.4m)
Area of site:                                       16659 sq m
Expected completion date:         2018

Notes to Editors

Flanagan Lawrence is an award-winning, design-led architectural practice based in London.
The practice has an impressive collective expertise across a broad range of sectors and
building typology, including large-scale commercial projects and high-end residential
schemes, as well as cultural, hotel and leisure, education, infrastructure, logistics, business
parks and major masterplanning projects both in the UK and internationally.


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