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Dolbeau-Mistassini Theatre, Dolbeau-Mistassini, Canada

Saturday 09 May 2009

Raising the curtain

Paul Laurendeau 
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Paul Laurendeau | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte | Architects build new 500 seat theatre 

Since the early ‘80s, the city of Dolbeau-Mistassini has seeked to offer appropriate facilities to the dynamic cultural organizations of the region and the public’s strong participation in performance activities. Having finally found sufficient funds the realize this dream, and with the support of the Minister of Culture, the city launched an open architectural competition open to all registered architects of the province of Quebec in October 2005.

30 projects were submitted, 4 finalists selected and in February 2006, Paul Laurendeau | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte | Architects in consortium, were declared winners.

The building finally opened in late 2008 and has proved an immediate success in the city of 14,000 inhabitants.

Rectangular black volumes are in contrast with the auditorium's red velvet and circular shapes. Its compact volume with two balconies create a feeling of intimacy.

The building is composed of a series of rectangular volumes, derived from geometric forms with studied proportions. The relationships between height, width and depth characterize each zone that symbolise the program elements according to the typical five categories of a theater: Reception; Auditorium;Stage;Support and technical facilities; and Administration.

For purposes of unification and sobriety, the facades are clad in smooth sheet metal panels, with vertical ribs for their attachment. The front facade has a black canopy with a series of small lights on its underside and large display boxes for posters of upcoming events. The facade is a contemporary interpretation of traditional elements normally associated with theaters—canopy, lights, posters— to be recognized and associated, unequivocally, with its function.

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Status built
Value 6(m€)
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