Masrah Al Qasba Theatre
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
A 300-seat auditorium located in a four-storey commercial building was refurbished using textiles and lighting to create undulating surfaces on the walls and ceilings that envelope and surround the stage. These undulations, that find inspiration in the desert dunes they are meant to evoke,are lit by a complex system of spotlights and backlighting. Technical systems, including re-dimensioned air conditioning and acoustic insulation, are masked by the fabric. The space reflects the architects’ desire to prompt the viewer to disconnect from everyday life and step into the staged narrative.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Location
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Completed 2011
Dimensions
2,610 m²
Variant Names
Masrah Al Qasba Theatre
Building Usages
theatre
public/cultural
Keywords
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominee