• Longitudinal section © Flores & Prats Architectes


The theatre of Flores & Prats

As issue #419 of AA on spanish architects is coming out, we focus on the new Sala Beckett in Barcelona, project by catalan firm Flores & Prats Architects. The project consists of a restoration and an adaptation of the headquarters of the Pau i Justícia (Peace and Justice) cooperative of the 1920s, in a new space of experimental theatre.

Vestibule et lumière zéinthale © Adrià Goula
Vestibule of the new theatre © Adrià Goula

The theatre is located in a historical and industrial site, in the heart of Poblenou, now an artistic area attended by creative talents. Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats prepared their project with an analysis of several scenic spaces, including the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord by Peter Brook.

Ancienne et nouvelle fenêtre reliant le bar au vestibule © Adrià Goula
Access connecting the Bar with the Vestibule © Adrià Goula

“The challenge of the projet is to adapt the building to its new use without banishing its ghosts”, recall the architects who wished to keep the ruins of the cooperative.

Arrivée sous l'arche et lumière zénithale © Adrià Goula
Visible ruins. © Adrià Goula

The activities of the theatre are apparent from the outside thanks to an opening of the facade at the corner of the building. The ground level is linked to the public space, with a restaurant-bar open to residents of the neighbourhood.

Vues croisées © Adrià Goula
Restoration of the vertical circulation. © Adrià Goula

On the first floor are located the rehearsal rooms. Other rehearsal rooms and service areas are located on the second floor.

Confections of the former social club © Adrià Goula

From the architect’s press release

The video on the Sala Beckett, at the beginning of the article, was produced by Albert Badia and 15-L. Films.

Find out more about Flores & Prats’ work in issue #419 of AA.

Project : Sala Beckett – Obrador Internacional de Dramaturgia, Calle Pere IV 228, Poble Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Architects : Flores & Prats Architects
Clients : Institut de Cultura de Barcelona + Fundació Sala Beckett
Surface : 2 923 m2
Contruction : April 2014 – March 2016
Opening : November 2016