Belfort Municipal Theater
1 faubourg de Montbéliard BP117
90002 Belfort cedex
Jean Nouvel 1983
Nouvel's radical extension is
the second transition for what was originally a classic nineteenth century
The original theater is set at
an angle to the river bank. Nouvel has first build infill buildings
between the theater building and original buildings behind, then sliced
the whole though with a knife at an angle parallel to the river. Doorways
into this facade remain parallel with the original theater front,
emphasizing the sharp angle at which the building has been sliced.
The river frontage is therefore
pillars of deliberately raw, sliced-though wall sections, with the plane
of the 'knife' both glazed and highlighted with a square metal grid set
into and around the building.
This plan reorients the theater
towards the river and the town, attempting to re-engage with a population
that had deserted the previous theater, making a virtue of the contrast
between new and old.
Simon Glynn, 2003
How to visit
The theater is in the center of
Belfort on the west bank of the river, a few minutes walk southwest of the
old town along boulevard Carnot.
For information on opening times
or performances visit www.theatregranit.com
(in French) or call +33 3 84 58 67 67.
Belfort is only a short drive
from Le Corbusier's chapel at Ronchamp.
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