Zaha Hadid Architects has received the commission for the Rabat Grand Theatre in the Bouregreg Valley, Rabat, Morocco which will include a three theater spaces, over 2,500 seats, and an outdoor amphitheater able to house up to 7,000 people.
The structure will serve as a new landmark for the capital city and will be located along the Bouregreg River to ensure maximum exposure. Morraco, located in west Africa, has a reputation for having a rich culture in the performing arts and musical tradition and commissioned Hadid for a theatre that exhibited just that.
The design of the new Rabat Grand Theatre makes it seem as if it is melting into the surrounding landscape, a play on form to create an alien structure that still appears to be natural.
Its enclosed form emerges from the site and creates various overlapping plates to house the three indoor theatre spaces. The circulation design allows for a natural flow to go between the inside and outdoor space.
By Lyly Huyen