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Site visit: Bahrain National Theatre

on Jan 24, 2013

Professional team
Project head: AS.Architecture-Studio
Architect: AS.Architecture-Studio
Interior design: AS.Architecture-Studio
Design development: AS.Architecture-Studio and SETEC Bâtiment
Detailed design: Atkins
Theatre design consultant: Theatre Projects Consultants
Lighting design: L’Observatoire 8’18’’
Acoustics: Xu-Acoustique
QS: Baker Wilkins & Smith
Main contractor: Cybroc
MEP contractor: EMCO WLL
Specialist theatre equipment: Multi-stage
Audio visual & electrical specialist: Telmaco
Stone contractor: Italian Products Co.
Woodwork contractor: Al Yusuf
Façade and aluminium contractor: ARCAL

AS.Architecture-Studio in the Middle East
AS.Architecture-Studio’s Middle East footprint: AS.Architecture-Studio is strongly implemented in the Middle East, with built and on-going projects in the Sultanate of Oman (Muscat Cultural Centre), Qatar (Lusail Public Realm development), the UAE (Seddiqi & Sons Headquarters), Jordan (Amman Rotana Hotel Tower, Abdali Gate Towers and office and residential buildings), among others. Moreover, one of AS.’s projects is the new King Abdul Aziz Road urban design in Makkah.

Corporate viewpoint

Atkins on Bahrain:
“Bahrain has, for a long time, been working to lessen its reliance on the hydrocarbon industry by developing a more balanced and robust economic base. The Kingdom now has a strong focus on developing its housing and the infrastructure surrounding existing and new developments, while investing in integrated modes of public and private transport.

The government of Bahrain has set its 2030 Vision and timetable for ongoing development, and we are excited and committed to playing our part in delivering these aspirations for the Kingdom’s sustainable long-term development.” Rob Ruse, Atkins, MD Bahrain

AS.Architecture-Studio on Bahrain:
For AS.Architecture-Studio, Bahrain is a dynamic and future-facing country, yet with a strong feel of its history and culture. Bahrain’s exceptional heritage can provide inspiration for the most avant-garde and innovative architecture.

AS.Architecture-Studio on the Bahrain National Theatre:
The design of the Bahrain National Theatre was inspired by the horizontal seascape of Bahrain and the poetry of its name, “Two Seas”. It reflects the serenity of Bahrain’s landscape where the sea and the land meet in graceful harmony.

The national theatre is designed to be at the meeting point between the land and the sea. The golden shell is anchored in the earth, while the light canopy is floating over the water. It harmoniously complements the site of the National Museum, thus setting a cohesive cultural district.