REGIONAL PERFORMANCE HALL


ASERET THEATER

Status
Complete
Year
2011
Location
Aseret, Israel
program
Performance hall
After being shuttered and neglected for decades, this small theatre is being renovated and refurbished to deliver a high quality, versatile setting for productions and screenings, poised to return to the cultural center of its town.

Built in 1960 and now restored to its former glory, the structure of this theater, originally designed by Shulamit and Michael Nadler, emphasizes simplicity and functionality – two great hallmarks of the International style which also became the driving principles of this renovation. Located in the heart of a rural area, south of Tel Aviv, the building functioned as the main live performance theater in the region. But its remote location, combined with dramatic budget restrictions over a period of three decades, caused the building to fall into a gradual state of deterioration. In 2011, HQ Architects was selected to transform the fully gutted 1000 m2 theater into a modern, multi-cultural performance center. HQ carefully developed its design to synthesize new program requirements and technological upgrades into an historic structure whose outline could not be modified. The versatile 300-seat theater, now has the capacity to feature on-stage live performances, screenings, local productions, musical concerts, or to become a brightly-lit lecture hall with direct views to the outdoor garden.