Fantastic news for the Soweto Theatre and local archtectural firm Afritects!
The striking Theatre is featured on The Telegraph's website along with all other finalists.
The event will be held from 3-5 October 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
About the Soweto Theatre
Soweto Theatre is the culmination of both national and global best practices in theatre design. Various local and international theatres were studied, extracting the important aspects, to replicate in the Soweto Theatre. Furthermore, an internationally—renowned theatre specialist was brought aboard to guide the theatre’s design process ensuring top-notch acoustics and lighting were in place.
The design expresses its three performance venues outward to the everyone, both inviting and enticing the community in. From a distance the theatre resembles various brightly coloured, curved structures varying in size. On closer inspection, it is revealed that these structures are the three different performance venues.
The largest is a 420-seat venue with a fixed stage and seating. It has a full orchestra pit and a bridge for fly tower and wings. The other two venues are a 180-seater and 90-seater. The two latter venues have added flexibility, as they allow for flexible stage and seating arrangements.
Outside of the theatre is a special public space or foyer that can be used as an additional performance area, a social gathering place during intermission or just as a pause area. There is a tent structure or canopy covering this space providing shade.
The edges of the theatre boxes are defined by two curving fortress walls containing the three theatre boxes and all other ancillary spaces. One of the most astonishing features of the theatre, and arguably the most daunting to achieve, is the theatres’ curved walls.
(Info from Afritects website)