USITT Selects Bahrain National Theatre for Honor Award

Top architecture honor will be awarded in 2015 for creativity and functional operation.

November 26, 2014 |

The Bahrain National Theatre will be recognized with an Honor Award by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) in 2015. The Merit Awards will go to Milton court, the performing arts building at the Guildhall School of Music in London and the Performing Arts Building at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Recipients of the USITT Architecture Awards are chosen based on creativity, contextual resonance, functional operation, use of new technology and community contribution. The awards will be presented in Cincinnati, Ohio March 18-21 at USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo. During the event, USITT will offer architecture sessions.

The Bahrain National Theatre, designed by AS. Architecture-Studio with the help of Theatre Projects Consultants of London, is a $50 million project that occupies 12,000 square meters in Manama. The main hall has an Italian theatre layout. The rear of the building contains two tier balconies with balconies running along the side of the construction.

Milton Court is a $142 million projected design by RHWL Architects in London with work by Theatre Projects Consultants. The building has a concert hall with up to 608 seats, a theatre of up to 227 seats, a 128-seat studio theatre, and provides teaching space for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Opsis Architecture of Portland designed Reed College’s $28 million Performing Arts Building with consulting by Fisher Dachs-Associates of New York City. The building contains a consolidated theatre, dance and music programs, a 99-seat box theatre and a 180-seat studio theatre.

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