Theodore Gouvy Theatre

Freyming-Merlebach , France
Designer: Dominique Coulon et Associes
Contributed by: dominique_coulon_et_associes

The theatre sets up an energetic dialogue with the heterogeneous urban landscape, shaping itself to fit the context and logic of the existing flows. It stands on a base, alongside the new municipal offices; its unusual shape and dimensions give it an steamlined silhouette, the lines of which ensure visual transition between the various parts of the programme while keeping on the same scale as the town.
The route to reach the auditorium is therefore deliberately spectacular and theatrical.
The auditorium is in strong contrast with the nuanced surfaces of the outer envelope. The building presents the town with an immaculate white facade, while the foyer is in shades of beige. The 700-seat auditorium constitutes a complete break with the foyers. Red, pink and orange lend density to the space, affirming it as the main feature of the project, with colour sanctuarising the idea of performance.

Address
Place des Allies 1
57800 Freyming-Merlebach
France
Source: MIMOA

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