Szczecin Summer Theatre


Client: The City of Szczecin (Gmina Miasto Szczecin)

Location: Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin, Poland

Status: Planning Approved. Due on site early 2019. Completion due first quarter 2020.

Architect: Flanagan Lawrence

Landscape Architect: Flanagan Lawrence

Structural Engineer: K2SE

M&E Consultant: B.T. Bogna Tomaszewska / ELseco

Acoustician/Theatre Consultant: Pracownia Akystyczna Kozlowski

Quantity Surveyor: Jolanta Brzezinska

Lighting Consultant: QLab

Awards Shortlisted: World Architecture Festival Culture – Future Projects Finalist

Flanagan Lawrence won a competition to design a new fabric roof to cover the existing stage and amphitheatre, located in Kasprowicz Park, Szczecin.

The competition brief called for design proposals to maximise the flexibility of the 1976-designed theatre for a variety of performances on the stage, and to add a new roof to enclose both the stage and the audience. The roof, which covers the stage and auditorium, will provide enclosure to both the audience and the performers. This is achieved by a roof which is structurally independent of the existing arch, and is formed by a curved truss which serves as the edge beam to a single cable net structure. This net supports a series of inflated fabric roof panels and suspended lighting arrays which can be flown to different heights. Two additional trusses span the stage to support the load of the lighting grid.

The back of the stage is enclosed by curved glazed screens, which offer picturesque views out to Rusalka Lake and create a scenic backdrop to performances.

Flanagan Lawrence’s proposal will also upgrade the 2,500 seat structure with additional facilities including a box office, bathrooms, a café and a refurbished backstage area.

The original structure, including the concrete arch, was designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened in 1976. The restoration and construction of the new enclosure is due to start on site in 2019, and finish early 2020.