Architect UNStudio and Arup are collaborating on the design of a new theater complex in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, Russia.
On completion, the 21,000m2 dance theatre will be home to the Eifman Ballet, headed by prolific choreographer Boris Eifman. The 'dance palace' will form part of the European Embankment city quarter masterplan for a new urban square in St. Petersburg.
The building will include an open and inviting theatre that can accommodate 1,300 guests: 1,000 in a large auditorium and 300 in a small auditorium.
The design gives careful consideration to circulation in the spacious foyer and creating a transparent relationship with the surrounding public square and city.
Integration with neighbouring buildings will be achieved through the building's scale - which in elevation follows St. Petersburg’s typical 28m roofline.
1,300 guest capacity
1,000in a large auditorium
300in a small auditorium
In the main auditorium, a horseshoe form was chosen for acoustic advantages and the proximity to the stage it allows.