Text from Zaha Hadid Architects:
The site for the Grand Theatre sits in the geographic centre between the twin cities of Rabat and SalÃ¨; the historic Kasbah Oudayas to the north-west, the ancient city of SalÃ¨ and airport to the north-east, Chellah and the Royal Palace to the south-west and the proposed Sequence III of Amwaj Development to the east.
The design takes its energy from the Bouregreg River. The dynamics of the river is introduced into the site, generating the landscape of the park that engulfs the amphitheatre. This gesture gathers strength from the ground and in one fluent sweep, extends into the sky to generate the envelope that sculpts itself over the two auditoria, arches back to the ground and melts back into the landscape.
This formal gesture hides an underlying economy in acoustic strategy and back-of-house organisation. The solidity of the theatre to the west shields the open air amphitheatre from both the western sun and noise from Moulay Hassan bridge. The decision to align all three theatres back-to-back allows
the three auditoria to share the back-of-house facilities and reduces the size of the building services.
These fluid sculptural forms create a seamless spatial experience that flows into the main foyer, moulding the grand staircases. This fluidity provides an intuitive visual and physical guide for visitors.
PROGRAM: Grand Theatre, Multi-purpose Theatre, Amphitheatre
CLIENT: Agence pour lâ€™AmÃ©nagement de la VallÃ©e du Bouregreg
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Associate: Nils Peter Fisher
Project Leader: William Tan
Project Team: Torsten Broeder, Martin Krcha, Hoda Nobakhti, Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Michal Treder
Structure Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor [London]
MEP Engineer: MaxFordham [London]
Acoustics & Theatre: Artec Consultant [New York]
FaÃ§ade: Donnell Consultants Incorporated [Florida]
Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc [New York]
Site Area: Approx. 47,000 m2
GFA: Approx. 27,000 m2