SIBIU (INTER)NATIONAL FESTIVAL THEATRE
Piata Unirii, Sibiu, Romania - Spring 2018
The Teatrul International Sibiu is designed to be the new social and cultural hub for Sibiu. It is intended to function as the new focal point for the International Theatre Festival, and as a multipurpose event space, conference center, and theatre for the rest of the year.
The complex becomes the new focal point for the city of Sibiu by establishing strong connections to its context. The complex makes these connections through its physical relationships with the site, and material / architectural relationships with the region’s culture and history.
Physical relationships include a direct bridge connection to a plaza (currently the parking lot on Piata Unirii) across Bulevardul Corneliu Coposu, as well two bridges that work to bridge the old and new city, creating a new promenade along the city’s parks. Architectural connections are made with respect to vernacular forms and materials, as well as with a symbolic organization of the program into areas representing the past, the present, and the future.
The complex maximises the usability and creative potential of its spaces, while minimizing its environmental impact. Spaces are designed to accommodate a variety of different uses, in order to maximise the potential usability of the complex. Theatrical spaces are as flexible as possible in order to maximise their creative potential. The program optimizes flows of traffic and materials in order to maximise the efficiency of the theatre. Creativity will be encouraged by providing a healthy, engaging, and varied environment for visitors and staff. Common spaces such as the main foyer, and “plaza” level are designed to showcase the activities of the theatre, thus helping to promote interest in the theatre, and the performing arts amongst visitors.