Chateau d'Hardelot, France
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.