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Eifman Theatre, St. Petersburg

21,000m2 dance theatre, home to the Eifman Ballet

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.

Arup will provide multidisciplinary work on this project including building services, fire engineering, acoustic design, lighting design, façade engineering and building physics.

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.

Project Summary

1,300 guest capacity

1,000in a large auditorium

300in a small auditorium

Front view of Eifman Theatre. Credit: UNStudio Front view of Eifman Theatre. Credit: UNStudio

The building will also feature an innovative façade system comprising opaque and perforated triangular cladding panels, the combination of which can be varied to allow more or less openness depending on performance, desired views and required orientation. Credit: UNStudio

In the main auditorium, a horseshoe form was chosen for acoustic advantages and the proximity to the stage it allows.