• Château d’Hardelot, France
  • Château d’Hardelot, France
  • Château d’Hardelot, France
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo
  • © Martin Argyroglo

...a 16th-century theatre form with 21st-century renewable technologies

Chateau d'Hardelot, France

 

Project summary

 

Located three miles from the English Channel, the Centre Culturel de l’Entente Cordiale au Château d’Hardelot exists to promote the cultural relationship between Kent and the Pas-de-Calais. Events currently centre around a summer season of British and French drama, opera, music and comedy, in a temporary venue at the castle. This programme will now be expanded year-round following the completion of a permanent 400 seat theatre adjacent to the castle.

 

Andrew Todd’s design for an Elizabethan theatre form makes extensive use of structural timber and surrounds the theatre with a cylindrical bamboo screen, which helps the building to dissolve into its surroundings. The building is intended to use very little energy, through use of natural ventilation systems and a low-energy lighting scheme.

 

Charcoalblue provided advice on acoustics and technical performance systems and assisted with the wider building planning.