TEATRE NACIONAL DE CATALUNYA (TNC)
Ibáñez / Bantjes Theatre Consultants:
For the main stage and general building project, we were responsible for the updated design brief, a revision of theatrical installations and consulting during construction.
Generalitat de Catalunya, (Provincial Government) Department of Culture
les Arts, 1, 08013 Barcelona
SALA PETITA, TNC second stage.
This is very much our theatre: Dino Ibáñez and Michael Bantjes.
Theatre Consultants were responsible for the design brief and preliminary
design, for the final design and for the supervision of construction
of the theatre, its decor, and all its systems.
Architect: Ricardo Bofill. Acoustic engineer Arau, structural engineers Moya & Associates.
Government of Catalonia. Barcelona.
The seating is flexible, the main seating risers are retractable, and the side ones are moveable, so the whole main floor can be cleared. The balcony seats go around four sides of the theatre, but can be removed, along with the handrails.
As well as being a flexible space, we were concerned that it also have spirit. We used a great deal of care determining the proportions. The selection of simple, practical and harmonious finishing materials helped to create a performance space that has been recognized as one of the most inspiring in Barcelona.
The Sala Petita is situated under the lobby of the main theatre. Dino and myself were given pretty well free reign within the cement void that had been created. We made a few modifications, most notabley enlarging and deepening the pit. This has proved useful for many productions. The grid is a bit of a compromise, tucked up in sections between the huge reinforced concrete beams that hold up the lobby. It is designed to serve double duty as an acoustic diffuser.
court, 2 balcony levels, retractible main seating riser at one end.