Located in Constantine, the capital city of eastern Algeria, the Constantine Zenith Theatre is a contemporary destination sitting on the outskirts of the city centre, in close proximity to the Constantine International Airport and the Mediterranean Sea. The 40,000 sq m Theatre designed by international architecture practice, PTW Architects in association with another international practice, namely CCDI, is intended as a landmark venue linking Algeria’s new development with its native traditions and culture.
Here’s a description from the architects,
The concept of the project consists of three large horizontal planes that sit in a contrasted harmony with the surrounding topography. The overall shape of the structure creates a generous public space over three levels which emerge from the ground, creating a form to match the venue’s position as a cultural hotspot in Africa.
The building has a large zenith music hall, for a maximum of 3,000 spectators, equipped with the highest technical standards. It has been designed as a flexible space able to be adapted to different functions and capacities. There are two further theatres, each which can seat 150 and 300 people respectively. As a result, the new building is a place not only of artistic performance but one which can support numerous other events. Local and cultural references have been used as part of the design principles to make the building a solid reference for Constantine, a city with a strong character and rich history.
The Theatre was completed sometime in June this year with all its bells and whistles in place.
Here are some images of the construction process and as well as an almost final product as seen on this skyscraper city thread, plus a video below (though not in English) showcasing the final complete building.