3A Vvedenskaya St., St. Petersburg, Russia
Client: Committee for Construction, St. Petersburg City Administration
Realization: 2017-2019 | Total area: 8,800 m2
Team of authors: Architects: N.I. Yavein, A. Yar-Skryabin, E. Kosacheva, V. Kulachenkov with the participation of E. Fedotova, Ya. Reut, S. Nogotova Constructors: V. Ioffe, D. Kresov, E. Silantyev, I. Shustova, A. Krivonosov, S. Shvedov, S. Bogdanov, A. Levshina, A. Korovaev, M. Kerdol, A. Agashkov
The construction of the Children’s Ballet Theatre and the reconstruction of the school building have brought the Boris Eifman Dance Academy project to a close.
The new theatre building inside the city block comprises two cylindrical volumes. The shape is a reflection of what we find inside: a 450-seat amphitheatre and a large rehearsal hall under a semicircular roof. Just as in a traditional theatre, there are stalls, a dress circle, and first- and second-tier boxes. The stage is almost the same size as the ones in ‘real, grownup theatres’, but the auditorium is rather small.
The combination of a full-scale stage and a more intimate auditorium was commonly used in home theatres of Russia’s noble houses. It helps create a special and cozy atmosphere and a closer connection between the performers and their audience.
A multilevel glazed atrium in the former courtyard brings the theatre and the school together and remains the main recreation space for the students throughout the year. Before a performance, it turns into a theatre lobby. Filled with people, it brings to mind a small city plaza. Indeed, there is a front staircase, a clocktower wrapped in flights of stairs, and a round tower with belvedere halls. This space is an architectural prelude designed to introduce the young spectators to the magical world of ballet and create a festive atmosphere.