Best of Contemporary Theaters & Playhouses

There is no place for dead space in the live theater. In past, wherever one looks in a historic theater auditorium there are signs of life or the potential for life everywhere. Fast-forward to present day, though this design ideology remains the same, contemporary playhouses look much different.

Theatre, derived from the Ancient Greek word théatron, meaning a place for viewing. Literally, a place to spectate. This meaning has been influencing the design of theaters for ages. The architecture has always taken the main stage, but in cases where it could not, there were statues, paintings, decorative motifs of plants, or some other signs of life, and this would exist virtually everywhere that might catch a playgoer’s eye. Architects today have streamlined this idea by more or less eliminating statues and decorative motifs, instead focusing on three-dimensional acoustic paneling, creating patterns with light and designing architecturally sleek spaces to promote movement and wayfinding.

Well, it's showtime and the curtain is rising, so we've gathered some of our favorite modern theaters for you to analyze as well. Join the conversation on our facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Castellón Auditorium and Convention Center designed by   Sanahuja & Partners .

Castellón Auditorium and Convention Center designed by  Sanahuja & Partners.

 CIRC Pôle National des Arts du Cirque designed by  ADH .

 CIRC Pôle National des Arts du Cirque designed by ADH.

Theatre Speelhuis designed by  Cepezed Architects .

Theatre Speelhuis designed by Cepezed Architects.

Tempodrom  Berlin designed by  Gerkan, Marg & Partners . Photography by  Ralf Wendrich .

Tempodrom Berlin designed by Gerkan, Marg & Partners. Photography by Ralf Wendrich.

Auditorium at VSB designed by  Planet 3 Studios . Photography by Mrigank Sharma

Auditorium at VSB designed by Planet 3 Studios. Photography by Mrigank Sharma

Stuttgart State Theater by  Klaus Roth Architekten .

Stuttgart State Theater by Klaus Roth Architekten.

Theater Speelhuis designed by  Cepezed .

Theater Speelhuis designed by Cepezed.

Museum of the Moving Image designed by  Leeser Architecture.

Museum of the Moving Image designed by Leeser Architecture.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre by  Woods Bagot.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre by Woods Bagot.

Concert Hall in Blaibach designed by  Peter Haimerl . Photography by  Edward Beierle .

Concert Hall in Blaibach designed by Peter Haimerl. Photography by Edward Beierle.

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photography by  Hélène Binet .

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects. Photography by Hélène Binet.

Philharmonic Hall Szczecin designed by  Estudio Barozzi Veiga . Photography by  Simon Menges .

Philharmonic Hall Szczecin designed by Estudio Barozzi Veiga. Photography by Simon Menges.