The Royal Theater
Lundgaard & Tranberg
The new Royal Theater is situated on the waterfront in the center of Copenhagen, across from the Opera House.
The building complex consists of three compositional elements:
the foyer, a broad "sidewalk" floating on thin columns over the
water, the auditorium and stage tower, and the service area, placed
in an expansive and unifying roof level, clad in glass. These three
elements form a charged, geometric composition that completes the
surrounding urban structure and opens the city to the harbor.
The buildings placement and square plan compliments the
neighboring building blocks, extending the long promenade that runs
along the Copenhagen waterfront. Illuminated by night the theater
has a radiant, welcoming waterfront presence.
One of the primary architectural element is the floating foyer
The foyer, spanning the entire length of the building, opens to the oak promenade via sliding glass doors, inviting the public into the building.
Planned as a public room the airy nine meter tall foyer is
dominated by protruding balconies and wide stairs leading to the
different levels. The café at one end of the foyer can expand to
the promenade deck during the summer months.
The top level is supported by massive trusses, silhouetted
behind glass walls of different green colors. This floor houses the
"light" functions; wardrobes, administrative offices, canteen and
The "heavy" functions, the stages, are housed behind brick walls
in a variation of dark tones. The brick facade is also pulled into
the foyer, marking the placement of the stages, and into the large
auditorium for a "grotto" like feeling.
Facts about The Royal Theater
Large stage: 650 seats
port stage: 250 seats
Small stage: 100 seats
Moe & Brødsgaard & Erik Møllers Tegnestue
Gade & Mortensen Akustik A/S
Ramböll AB Sverige
Aggerbo & Henriksen
Ministry of Culture
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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