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Bahrain National Theatre, Manama, Bahrain by Architecture-Studio
The program of this project includes a main auditorium of 1,001 seats, a flexible auditorium of 150 seats, and exhibition areas.
Bahrain, “the kingdom of the two seas,” offers a flat island landscape. The National Theatre fits in this landscape, connecting the sky and the sea. It expresses a cultural belonging to the Arab world and its layout is that of an Arab palace, settled around an empty central space. The traditional palace patio is replaced by the main foyer.
The main auditorium is located in the center of this space, encased like a precious jewel. The play of water, shade, and light is present throughout the building. The National Theatre is a landmark that embodies the artistic and cultural dynamism of the Kingdom both regionally and globally. It is designed to accommodate national and international events. It also serves as an urban and cultural center, a place for creation and rehearsal, where artists breathe life daily.