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New Mariinsky Theatre

Ministry of Culture

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Client: Ministry of Culture
Completion: May 2nd, 2013

The New Mariinsky Theatre opened May 2, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The design is a contemporary expression of the existing historic urban form. The height of the fenestrated masonry base is consistent with the existing buildings of historic St. Petersburg creates a continuous streetscape similar to the streets of the old city.  Large bay windows provide panoramic views of the city and the adjacent historic Mariinsky Theatre, fulfilling the role of the historic colonnaded porticos.

Above the base of the New Mariinsky Theatre is a gently curved metal roof enlivened by a glass canopy.  The contrast in form, material and colour between the building’s base and its roof gives the building a contemporary identity rooted within the context of St. Petersburg’s exceptional architectural heritage.

The New Mariinsky accommodates a 2000-seat opera and ballet house with a very large back of house with six stages and rehearsal rooms, amenities for the company's large staff and other support facilities. The auditorium has been carefully designed with respect to acoustics, sight lines and audience comfort to provide both artists and audiences alike with an unparalleled experience to compliment the international stature of the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet and Orchestra.


2014 The Illuminating Engineering Society - The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design - Special Citation

In association with KB ViPS

Photography: Tim Griffith