Rabat Grand Theatre / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Architect:Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location:Rabat, Morocco
  • Date:2010-2016
  • Area:Approx. 55,000 sqm
  • Client:Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg


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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Description from the architects. The Grand Theatre is located on the Bouregreg River between the ancient twin cities of Rabat and Salé.

Its fluid sculptural forms create a seamless spatial experience that flow into the main foyer, moulding the grand staircases. This fluidity provides an intuitive visual and physical guide for visitors. With its dynamic, innovative design and cutting-edge infrastructure, the Rabat Grand Theatre will be a major landmark in the region.

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The project includes an 1800 seat theatre, an open-air amphitheatre with a capacity of 7,000 people, a second experimental performance / rehearsal spaces and an extraordinary restaurant for 350 people. The main auditorium has a different crystalline geometry inspired by traditional Moroccan muqarnas.

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

The cost of the project is estimated at 1.35 Billion Moroccan Dirhams (120 Million Euros).

Zaha Hadid and Lemghari Essakl, Managing Director of l’Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg signed an agreement for the architectural design of the Rabat Grand Theatre at a ceremony held in Rabat.

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Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

In his statement to the press, Mr. Essakl said, “The Grand Theatre is part of a national programme of cultural development initiated by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The construction of the Grand Theatre will allow Rabat to showcase its rich cultural heritage as one the world’s greatest cultural centres.”

“I am delighted to be building the Grand Theatre in Rabat”, said Zaha Hadid. “Morocco’s unique musical traditions and rich cultural history in the performing arts are renowned throughout the world. I am honoured to be part of the cultural development of the nation’s capital.”


MORE CREDITSClient: Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du BouregregDesign: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher. Project Director: Nils-Peter Fischer. Project Architect: James Thomas. Project Team: Martin Krcha, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Erwan Gallou, Michail Desyllas, Duarte Reino, Katharina Hieger, Joshua Noad, Thanh Dao. Consultants Local Architect: Omar Alaoui Architectes [Morocco]. Structure Engineer: Adams Kara Taylor [London]. MEP Engineer: Max Fordham [London]. Acoustics & Theatre: Artec Consultant [New York]. Façade: Newtecnic [London]. Lighting: Office for Visual Interaction Inc [New York]. Cost Consultant: Donnell Consultants Incorporated [Florida]. Acoustics & Theatre: Arup [New York]. Kitchen: IR2A [Rabat]. Landscaping: PROAP. Local MEP and Structure consultant: Omnium [Rabat]. Fire Consultant: Casavigilance [Rabat].


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