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Municipal Theatre by Enrique Krahe, Zafra

A splintered landscape is revived through Enrique Krahe’s theatrical designs

Set within an unremarkable and fragmented peripheral urban landscape, this new theatre for Zafra, a small town in south-west Spain, aims to challenge both the traditionally hermetic nature of the theatre as a civic type, and the passive role of the spectator. The folded form tactfully engages with the townscape, defining courtyards and through routes, while the rear of the stage opens up to address a new plaza and create a public performance space.

Low-cost or leftover materials −cobbles, felt, perforated concrete blocks, even old satellite dishes (transformed into light fittings) − are used with wit and finesse. The jury admired the project’s spirit of eccentric gusto and the way it sought to implant cultural activity

Architect Enrique Krahe
Photographs Miguel de Guzmán

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