Varde Theater and Music House

30.10.2022 / Architecture

The new Theatre and Music HouseVarde Theatre and Music House is the new cultural centre for theatre and music in Varde, Denmark. The project is the result of an invited competition which LETH & GORI won as part of a strong interdisciplinary team in October 2022.

From the Jury Report:

‘With a very clear and simple concept the proposal manages to solve the many complexities of the site and programme in an extraordinary beautiful and functional new Theatre and Music House in Varde.
The building is adjusted to the small scale of the existing building Smedeværkstedet, the larger industrial halls and the scale of the city of Varde in general. With refined references to motifs in the nearby industrial halls, such as the steel frame facades and large wooden gates  a very characteristic and lively expression is created in the facade of the building. The refined character of the façade, with the modular frames filled with wooden boards with curved cropping, a detail also repeated in the theatre hall, expresses in the finest way that this is a cultural building, which draws on the historic DNA of the site and is simultaneously contemporary without being mainstream. 

Inside the proposal succeeds in creating a lively world with large spatial qualities that is optimal for everyday use, where different users will experience the building as a connected whole.
The proposal delivers incredibly thorough proposal, which demonstrates that they have keenly
familiarised themselves with the needs of the theatre 7-kanten. It is very apparent that they have rigorously studied different theatre buildings and delivered a proposal that it well thought through to the actual purpose.’

The project is the result of a broad interdisciplinary collaboration with OJ Rådgivende Ingeniører, VEGA Landskab, fortheloveoflight, Scenerum / Filippa Berglund, Gade & Mortensen Akustik og Stouenborg.

Varde Theatre and Music House in realised with support from A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, Lokale og Anlægsfonden, 7-kanten, Smedeværkstedet and Varde Kommune.

Steel factory – historic photos

Scale and context

Site plan- VEGA Landskab
Illustration seen from the south east
Illustration – urban space and back-stage area
Plan ground floor

Long section

North and east facades
West facade
Ground floor
First floor
Foyer space

Foyer space

Theatre Black Box – daylight situation
Theatre black Box – theater performance
Illustration – first floor
Dance Hall
fortheloveoflight – Light plan
fortheloveoflight – lighting section
fortheloveoflight – lighting illustration

Project: Varde Theatre and Music House Year: 2020 Client: Varde Kommune and A.P. Møller Fonden  Type: Invited competition  Architect: LETH & GORI  Collaborators: OJ Rådgivende Ingeniører, VEGA Landskab, ForTheLoveOfLight, Gade & Mortensen Akustik, Stouenborg og Scenerum/ Filippa Berglund Team: Karsten Gori, Uffe Leth, Philip Lütken, Mathias Christensen, Samuel Scott Rees og Ebba Stark  Status: First prize

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