AUDITORIUM HENRI DUTILLEUX
personal references Frans Swarte — a selection
The Bordeaux Auditorium concert hall project was initiated and developed by architect Michel Petuaud-Letang. Situated inside a city block two steps from Place Gambetta, the building stacks several functions: an underground car park, backstage facilities, rehearsal rooms and offices, and apartments, topped-off with a pool. The 1,400-seat concert hall is in the layer between the parking garage and the apartments.
The concert hall has a shoe-box form, yet does not follow the format by the letter: the balconies are floating in front of the walls, adding to spatial qualities of the room. The stage, designed with risers that can hold a large symphony orchestra, is complemented with a very large, Wagnerian-style orchestra pit. Additional theater technology and lighting positions at the ceiling makes it possible to use the stage for small-scale opera, operetta and other music-theater events. Below the concert hall is a small rehearsal room.
Frans was scenographer for the project from early Schematic Design in 2010 until the inauguration in 2014.