The architect of the Bahrain National Theatre, AS.Architecture-Studio, appointed Atkins to provide the “Architect of Record” services, including detailed architectural design, full engineering services and site-wide supervision to its initial concept design of Bahrain’s new National Theatre. Atkins also provided the landscape architecture and public realm setting for what is now a central entertainment venue for Bahrain.
AS retained the interior design of the main 1,000+ seat theatre and the smaller 150 seat flexible auditorium. The facility has the capacity to stage dramas, small symphony concerts, conferences and varied cultural events.
Features demanded within the design included a clear glazed reception foyer, a jewelled skin for the central theatre and sweeping curved stairs rising to the upper galleries.
Transparency has been possible partly thanks to the 17,000m over sailing and woven brise soleil that also provides external exhibition space adjacent to the enhanced lagoons. This is supported on slender steel columns, protected by concrete filling. The all glass wall assembly, is the first in the Middle East to feature glass fins devoid of all visible fixings, offering a completely concealed assembly that enhances this crystal element.