OISTAT Theater Architecture Competition 2011

Competitors are asked to design a theatre space for a particular type of performance, which must be defined by the competitor.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Theater
Country München, Germany
Registration Deadline 11 March 2011 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 25 March 2011 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Most spaces for the performing arts (drama, music theatre, dance, concerts and other forms) are housed in specialized buildings, built for the purpose.
While there will always be a need for these buildings, there is increasing interest amongst theatre practitioners in the use of existing buildings and settings, which are not purpose built theatres, to present productions. These settings, sometimes known as 'found space', can often provide a unique atmosphere, which resonates with a particular production or style of presentation, in a way that may not be possible in a conventional theatre. While these spaces may lack the technical infrastructure and facilities of a theatre, they can make up for this through the atmosphere provided by the special character of the place, its interaction with the performance and the opportunity to explore less conventional forms of presentation. Many new theatres are also created by converting existing buildings, where the character of the original building contributes significantly to the special atmosphere, and provides a sense of continuity with the past.
The site for the competition is Prague Crossroads, formerly St Anna's church, which will also be the site of the Architecture Section at PQ 2011.
This is a competition to create and design a place for a particular type of performance and competitors are encouraged to inform themselves of the precedents and needs of their selected performance type.
Competitors can choose whether to work with the existing building or to propose a new design on the site. They can choose to design either a permanent building or a temporary installation. This is an ideas competition and there is no intention to build the winning entry. Competitors are therefore encouraged to make proposals which are didactic, innovative and experimental.
Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students in those fields, will be welcomed.

Not yet announced

The first prize: €5,000
The second prize: €2,500
The third prize: €1,000
Three additional prizes: €500 each
Honourable mentions

Entry Fee

A single panel at AO size and a short written description(maximum 200 words)

Submission Address
Theater Projekte
Daberto + Kollegen
Augustenstraァe 59
D-80333 München

Jury meeting and report: 30 March - 13 April 2011
Notification of the prize-winners: 16 April 2011
Exhibition of prize-winning and selected entries at the Prague Quadrennial: 16-26 June 2011
Official announcement and prize-giving: 17 June 2011

OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects)

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