These are the plans for the National Theater of Equatorial Guinea competition of the Spanish firm Independent Architectural Diplomacy (IAD), sited in the city of Oyala.
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The National Theater of Equatorial Guinea by IAD, is characterized by dynamic curved volumes.
AN ARCHITECTURE BETWEEN POETRY AND MODERNITY
The National Theatre is set as the highest representative of Guinean culture at an international level. We sought to define a form that is both poetic and iconic, a constant reminder of the country’s contemporary culture. Inspired by De Bussy’s Claire de Lune, we have chosen to create an object of a “soft” geometry that will allow for the hosting of various different events simultaneously.
A BUILDING OF MULTIPLE INTERPRETATIONS
One of the characteristics of a theatre is its dual nature, from the public entrance, main hall, auditorium and stage, as opposed to the technical parts located behind and below the stage. We have decided to work on these two specific typologies:
– On the public side, an open and transparent architecture, covered by a smooth copper form in a semicircle which implicitly defines an open, public space that gives origin to the rest of the public spaces.
– On the technical side, we have chosen to hide the loading, stocking, warehouse, workshop and rehearsal areas on the backside of the building under an active green embankment. An open-air amphitheater will take advantage of this landscaping feature by offering an outdoor stage in front of the river for more public, exterior events, accessible to everybody.