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Odsherred Theatre

laboratory of performance

"Odsherred Theater is a huge gain for the city and the area and makes a big contribution to the municipality's profile as an active and attractive settlement area, and it also strengthens the business in the community because of the strong cultural offers."

Thomas Adelskov, Mayor of Odsherred Municipality.

Odsherred Theatre’s is like a lantern – black and dark on the outside with shiny, golden reflections within. The main façade is  black terracotta bricks and is reminiscent of ‘the stage curtain’. Large windows allow people who pass by to look into the theatre and follow the everyday life in a laboratory of performance. The back of the theater architecture is inspired by the aesthetics of mechanics used inside. Parts of the façade offer views to the interior of the building and the back of the building can be opened, creating a connection between the stage-room and the surrounding local area. Between the outdoor areas and the stage room is a workshop where the props, sets and other items for the theatre are produced. The secret jewel of the building – the stage room – is clad in golden anodized aluminum that reflects the surroundings.  The new building is seamlessly connected to the exiting theatre by a large internal staircase. Thus the overall theatre architecture forms the foundation of a strongly community based cultural venue.

Theater architecture as a laboratory

Odsherred Theater is a contemporary laboratory of culture and a local social hub for the entire city a performance space for social interaction. We have specifically designed the theatre’s architecture as a cultural catalyst that actively engage with the local community. This includes a new urban space created at the main entrance, flowing out into the pedestrian street, central to the city. Here an intimate urban square offers the local community access to a setting of urban furniture designed for leisure and play.The small street scene at Odsherred Theater’s main entrance provides the ideal setting for small happenings and improvisations that intervene in the pedestrians’ everyday life.

“The cultural life is definitely a crucial engine for growth and development, and with its very beautiful and exciting settings, our vigorously and flexible theatre that we get, makes it possible to develop, unfold and experience – for the benefit of the theatre itself, the audience and the citizens in a wide understanding, the entire city and the municipality. ”- Chairman of the Building Fund Odsherred Theater, director Lars Nybjerg in a press release from Odsherred municipality.

Theatre architecture addressing the Sustainable Development Goals

In creating the theater architecture we have worked with issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals. However, the project was not designed to address the global goals. We have worked with issues related to SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities and SDG 15: Life on land.

Client
Odsherred municipality, Odsherred Theatre
Area
1000 m2
Year
2020
Location
Odsherred, Nykøbing Sjælland
Collaborators
Primus, STED, Oluf Jørgensen A/S, Sweco, Inoconsult, Cowi
Images
Christensen & Co, Primus