Client: City of Heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany
145,000 ft2

The emblematic history of Heidelberg is both reflected and inversed in the renovation and addition to this existing 5,500 square meter (59,000 sq ft) performing arts space. A dual layer façade consisting of glass behind a metal panel system wraps the mass of the 8,000 square meter (86,000 sq ft) addition which expands into the available space of its surroundings. The volume of the 550-seat main stage theater floats above the entry and lobby. Voids in the metal panels reveal fluorescent neon tubes, which comprise a dynamic display of the theater’s program, activating the 3-dimensional surface pattern.