9th OISTAT THEATRE ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION 2015
Key Dates for the Competition:
13 October 2014 Issue of the Design Brief and Competition Conditions
17 November 2014 Closing date for questions
27 February 2015 Application and payment submission opened
27 March 2015 Final date for despatch of entries and payment
5-7 May 2015 Jury meeting
The finalist announcement will be made shortly
9-11 June 2015 Exhibition of prize-winning and selected entries at Stage, Set, Scenery in Berlin
9 June 2015 Official Announcement and prize-giving
Download the complete brief
Download the application form (Application and payment submission will be opened on 27 February 2015)
The OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition is an international ideas competition, aimed at students and emerging practitioners, which is organised every four years by the Architecture Commission of OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Technicians and Theatre Architects). The next competition will be generously supported by and exhibited at the Stage, Set, Scenery conference and exhibition organised by the DTHG (German OISTAT Centre) in Berlin from 9-11 June 2015. Selected entries will be exhibited and cash prizes awarded.
Competition Theme for TAC 2015
The theme for the competition will be the design of a floating theatre to be moored at a particular location on the river Spree in Berlin, Germany, but capable of being moved to other sites on the river.
The floating theatre will provide a performance space for an audience of 200-300 people and backstage accommodation for a cast of no more than 20 performers. Facilities for the audience, such as foyer space, toilets and refreshment areas will be located on the land and will be temporary and easily moved to another location, when required.
There is increasing interest amongst theatre practitioners in the use of temporary site specific locations to present particular productions. These settings can often provide a unique atmosphere, which resonates with a particular production or style of presentation, in a way which may not be possible in a conventional theatre.
These are the themes to be explored in this competition.
The Brief / Overview
Competitors are asked to design a theatre for a particular performance, which will be defined by the competitor. This may be a conventional performance or something more experimental. We wish to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between the performance itself and the space which it inhabits. Collaborations between architects and other theatre practitioners such as directors, designers, technicians, actors, dancers, musicians, or students in those fields, will be welcomed.
The site for the competition is on the northeast bank of the river Spree in Berlin in an area known as the ʻHolzmarktʼ or ʻwood marketʼ.
This part of the river Spree was the boundary between East and West Berlin during the years of the Berlin Wall and as a result became an undeveloped ʻno manʼs landʼ. Since the wall was demolished after unification in 1989 the area has developed slowly with a number of large new corporate buildings further to the east. In recent years the ʻHolzmarktʼ site, which sits between the river and a railway line, has been occupied
by a co-operative who have erected a number of low cost temporary buildings and structures and use the site as a place for young Berliners to enjoy the river, to eat and drink and to hold cultural events and parties. The co-operative have recently won a bid for the development of the site with the support of a Swiss sustainable pension fund. On the opposite bank of the river is the ʻEisfabrikʼ a derelict 19thC ice-making factory and a
squattersʼ camp site.
This is therefore an ʻalternativeʼ kind of place in a state of transition.
In the words of the co-operative:
The Holzmarkt is the center of the neighbourhood – physically and spiritually, the market, the creative village, the club and the restaurant invite, surprise, inspire and entertain. Artists, artisans, musicians and hedonists create with and for each other.
The following drawings and photographs of
the site are provided: