The competition of Le Maillon was won in April following the idea to build a theater which, as a city; could evolve, change, transform itself as time goes by and at the will of the users.

The idea of Le Maillon theatre was to reach outside of its walls and extract the performing arts world from its occasional elitist position. Considering this aspiration and this singular history, our approach aims at conceiving more than a place: a genuine artistic machine, where stage acting and its grounds of production meet.
 

Description of project by LAN

Since the beginning, the vocation of Le Maillon theatre was to reach outside of its walls and extract the performing arts world from its occasional elitist position. Considering this aspiration and this singular history, our approach aims at conceiving more than a place: a genuine artistic machine, where stage acting and its grounds of production meet.

The project substitutes the traditional composition based on the foyer – rooms – logistics triad for the idea of a territory mainly constituted with free spaces, as many voids to reveal and activate. Forming a framework to be able to receive all the considered scenarios, a grid enhances the flexibility and creates places with a wide range of potential uses.

The wall becomes what defines both these voids’ status and character. On the outside, facades facing the public space become the interface, from which Le Maillon’s history can be perpetuated.An alternation of volumes and voids give rhythm to the building’s skin, composed of colored concrete and large windows looking out to the city. The geography and location of the project invites us to pursue the logic initiated by the urban project, making up an articulation by stitching up the surrounding elements.

From the main axes, the initial extrusion of the plot was carved in order to obtain a volume culminating at the end of the Schutzenberger avenue, creating an angle for the Adrien Zeller piazza and an urban beacon from the Jean Wenger Valentin street.From the outside, this volume suggests a mysterious interiority, changing from day to nightlight.It is a territory of contrasts, surprises, a spatial maze, a landscape articulated between courtyards and terraces. Inside, Piranesian public spaces link together the different rooms, reception space and streets.

Façades form light filters allowing the eye to view the city, the park and the surrounding architecture. At night, they become screens by releasing colorful projection of images, as if they were printed on the glass. Abstraction is overcome by figuration, the constant completed by the ephemeral.


CREDITS. DATA SHEET.-

Program.- Construction of the new Le Maillon Theater.
Architects and team.- LAN (mandate architect), Terrell (Framework and fluids engineers), Franck Boutte consultants (sustainable engineers), Bureau Michel Forgue (Quantity surveyor), Lamoureux (acoustics), Changement à vue (Scenography)
Dates.- 2013.
Client.- City of Strasbourg.
Budget.- € 16.225M excl. VAT.
Area.- 7,017m²
Phase.-In Progress.

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Benoit Jallon. 18th May 1972 Grenoble (fr). Fascinated by the body’s structure with its logical organisation, layers and strata, Benoit Jallon first turned to medical studies. However, his need for involvement and creativity soon led him to begin studying architecture. He graduated from the Villette School of Architecture in 2001 with a special mention from the jury. Curiosity and a thirst for knowledge have led him to travel widely, particularly in Italy.

Umberto Napolitano. 27th November 1975 Naples (it). Umberto Napolitano began his architectural studies in Italy and completed them in France at the Villette School of Architecture where he graduated in 2001 with a special mention from the jury. He rapidly developed a critical approach to the separation between theory and practice. In parallel with his architectural education, he also worked with a number of architects. His involvement in Franco-American workshops has given his work an international flavour and allowed him to absorb other cultures and skills.

LAN (Local Architecture Network) was created by Benoît Jallon and Umberto Napolitano in 2002. LAN has received several awards: the Nouveaux Albums de la Jeune Architecture (NAJA) prize awarded by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2004); the International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Urban Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, the Archi-Bau Award, the Special Prize at the 12th World Triennale of Architecture, Sofia (2009); the AR Mipim Future Projects Award and the Europe 40 Under 40 Award (2010). In 2011 the office was awarded at the LEAF Awards with the Best Sustainable Development in Keeping with its Environment prize and at the SAIE Selection Awards.
 

 

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