Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

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Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Visitors enter a theatre in Huelva, Spain, below a bulky concrete cafe that rests upon backlit glass walls of purple and blue.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Refreshments for the Theatre in Almonte are served inside this concrete first floor block.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Beyond, a single auditorium surrounded by standard wardrobes and dressing rooms occupies the majority of the two-storey building’s interior.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Timber partitions, staircases and benches furnish the lobby, whilst the auditorium has a timber floor.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

The theatre building is located on the site of a former winery and nestles amongst existing buildings, facing onto a public square.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

A cultural centre in Madrid also features a projecting concrete face - see our earlier story here.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Photography is by Fernando Alda

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

See more images of this project on Alda’s website.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Here are some more details from the architects:


New Theatre in Almonte, Huelva, Spain.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

The building is located on the site of an old winery.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

It has the challenge of integrate the existing old buildings, declared as cultural interest, and being part of a cultural complex of a total of three buildings and a common space.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

This space turns into the main place of the town and an important meeting area.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

An opportunity to work on light, material and space. The path chosen to work on these concepts, is the contrast.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Contrast between outside and inside, between old and new, including a monumental scale and human scale.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

And the journey as the thread that sews and explains the intervention.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

A large area covered with large proportions and controlled height works as a high threshold.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

A monumental scale lobby welcomes the visitor showing the scale of a public building.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Location: c/ Antonio Machado de Almonte, Huelva, Spain.

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Architect Authors: Juan Pedro, Donaire Barbero - Donaire Arquitectos

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Architect Team: Jesús Núñez Bootello, Carmela Domínguez Asencio, Tibisay Cañas Fuentes, David Rapado Moreno, Ignacio Núñez Bootello, Beatriz Hacar Hernández, Celine Nelke, Delia Pacheco Donaire, Pablo Baruc, García Gómez

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

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Engineering: Javier Drake Canela, Guillermo Márquez Villanueva, Alfonso Buiza Camacho

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Client: Junta de Andalucía, Diputación de Huelva, Ayuntamiento de Almonte

Theatre in Almonte by Donaire Arquitectos

Contractor: Procondal S.A.

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Project year: 2004

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Construction: 2010

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Budget: 3.676.000 € (1.125,60 €/m2 )

Project Area: 3.265,70 m2

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickhowett Nic Howett

    wow only 2 people use this building, where's the inhabitation?

  • edward

    No magic here. There was a time long, long ago when movie houses were enchanted realms but this is like a visit to the dentist. See Silencio by D. Lynch.

  • steef

    Absolutely love the exterior, but the interior is much too museum/church like. These guys know their materials, but creating an entertaining interior is such a different approach than creating an architecture that fits well in its context, without losing its autonomous qualities. Sigh. There is still such a big battle to be won.

  • R.A

    isnt it bulky ! I believe for a theater form should be more interesting than just a concrete box. I wasn't really convinced about the contrast between interior & exterior.

  • http://dtelmore.weebly.com D.E.

    The beauty of this building is its austere purity. The building clearly is not meant to excite or invoke wonder. You're meant to be put at ease by its completeness. Unlike many buildings today that are loved for invoking wonder and seeming unbelievable, this building is beautiful because we can understand it. It's a breath of fresh air in an otherwise complex world. Anyway, its just as hard to detail simplicity and it is to engineer complexity.