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Chipperfield to Design a Theater in Spain

Image courtesy David Chipperfield Architects

British architect David Chipperfield has won a competition to design a theater in the resort town of Estepona on Spain's Malaga coast, in collaboration with the Bilbao-based firm I. Aurrekoetxea & Bazkideak. Chipperfield's proposal stood out because it extends the theater complex into an adjacent park by using a series of shaded terraces and walks that descend to the nearby seafront. In Chipperfield's design, two theaters, seating 400 and 200 people respectively, are set on a plinth elevated six-and-a-half feet above the surroundings. The plinth is wrapped in opaque and transparent walls to create shaded platforms with views to the sea and the historic town center.

Of the 23 projects submitted in the open international competition, four finalists were awarded 20,000 euros each. Chipperfield recently won another competition in Spain, to build the viewing platform for the 2007 America's Cup Races in Valencia [Record, August 2005, page 39]. His judicial center in Barcelona is currently under construction, and his urban design for the Paseo Óvalo in Teruel, a collaboration with Fermín Vázquez of the Barcelona-based firm b720 Architects, won the European Prize for Public Urban Space last year.

David Cohn