Theatre Architecture, Interiors, Theatres Designs, Projects, Architects, Photos, News

Theatre Architecture : Arts Buildings Information

Contemporary Arts Developments across the World

post updated 23 Feb 2020

Architecture of Theatres

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

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and design competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary Arts buildings but information on key traditional theater buildings and playhouses is also welcome.

Theatre Buildings : news + A-L

Theatre Architecture : M-Z (this page)

Theatre Architecture

Featured Theater Buildings + Architecture Projects, alphabetical:

Mariinsky, St. Petersburg, Russia
Design: Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Mariinsky Theatre St. Petersburg
image from architect
Mariinsky Theatre Building
Located in the historic centre of St. Petersburg across the Kryukov Canal from the original Mariinsky Theatre (1860), the new opera/ballet house is a structure of authentic contemporary architecture that pays homage to its setting with a 21st-century sensibility. The state-of-the-art facility enables one of the world’s most prolific performing arts companies to dramatically enhance its repertoire and to create new works and innovative productions.

Molde Jazzhouse, Norway
Design: 3XN Architects
Molde Jazzhouse Building
image from 3XN
Molde Theatre : Design Competition winner
The Norwegian city of Molde has just 25,000 inhabitants, but every July the biggest stars of jazz and about 100,000 jazz enthusiasts flock to the town’s world famous international jazz festival. In designing the city’s new cultural center, the challenge faced by 3XN was to create a building that was flexible and robust enough to provide a framework for cultural life on both scales.

Municipal Theatre of Guarda, Portugal
Design: AVA – Atelier Veloso Arquitectos
Municipal Theatre of Guarda
image : FG+SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
Municipal Theatre of Guarda
The TMG is situated in Guarda, in a rural part of Portugal ‘s interior. The buildings are located in a central part of the city south of the old city limits. The site is contiguous with the close-knit urban fabric, but does not share a direct relationship with the surrounding public space. The construction site possesses an apparently invisible contextualist character.

Music Theatre, Graz, Austria
Design: UN Studio Architects

Music Theatre Graz
picture : Graz Theater, 2008, UNStudio
Music Theatre Graz
A desire to make a building that is as much about music as a building can be, has been a constant throughout the nearly ten years that it took to build this design. Although the project outwardly has changed considerably since its inception, the two themes that are at the basis of the building and its overall organization have endured.

National Grand Theater of China, Beijing, northern China
Design: Paul Andreu Architects
National Grand Theater of China
photo from architects
National Grand Theater of China

Rigiblick Theatre, Zurich, Switzerland
Design: Burkhalter Sumi Architekten
Rigiblick Theatre
photograph : Heinrich Helfenstein
Rigiblick Theatre Building

Royal Court, Liverpool, England
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM)
Royal Court Liverpool
image from architects
Royal Court Theatre Building

Royal National, London, UK
Design: Denys Lasdun Architects
Royal National Theatre
photo © Adrian Welch
Royal National Theatre, South Bank

Sadlers Wells, London, UK
Design: RHWL with Nicholas Hare Architects
London Theatre building
picture : Nicolas Kane
Sadlers Wells Theatre Building

Siracusa Scenography, Greece
Design: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas
Siracusa Scenography
picture : Moreno Maggi
Siracusa Theatre Scenography design

Taastrup Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design: COBE
Taastrup Theatre Copenhagen
photograph : Stamers Kontor
Taastrup Theater Building

Théâtre de Quat’sous, Montréal, Canada
Les architectes FABG
Théâtre de Quat'sous Montreal Building
photo from architect
Théâtre de Quat’sous Building

Theatre Mariinsky II, Saint Petersbourg, Russia
Dominique Perrault
Theatre Mariinsky
image from architects
Theatre Mariinsky Building

Tramway Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Zoo Architects
Tramway Theatre Building
image © Adrian Welch – no larger image
Tramway Theatre Building

Tuschinski Theatre, Amsterdam, Holland
de Jong, architect
Tuschinski Theatre Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Tuschinski Theatre & Cinema Building

Unicorn Theatre, London, England, UK
Keith Williams Architects
Unicorn Theatre London
photo : Hélène Binet
Unicorn Theatre Building

Vicar Theatre, Almeria, Spain
Carbajal+Solinas Verd Arquitectos, Sevilla
Vicar Theatre Almeria
photo from KME Awards
Vicar Theatre Building

Young Vic Theatre, London, England
Haworth Tompkins
Young Vic Theatre
picture © Adrian Welch
Young Vic Theatre Redevelopment

More Theater Buildings online soon

Theatre Architecture Designs

Key New Theater Buildings / Projects – no images, alphabetical:

New Globe Theater, New York, USA
Foster + Partners

New York State Theater building, New York, USA

Philip Johnson, Architect

Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Bolles + Wilson

Tabourettli Theater, Basel, Switzerland
Santiago Calatrava Architects

Torrevieja Theatre, Spain
Design: Foreign Office Architects

More Arts Building projects online soon

Arts / Film-related Buildings

Hollywood Palladium

London Cinemas – key buildings

BFI IMAX Building

His Majestys Theatre, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Design: architect Frank Matcham
His Majestys Theatre Building
photo © Muriel Welch

Buildings / photos for the Theater Buildings page welcome