Summer Theatre in Rakvere by Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid

20. June 2011

This temporary outdoor stage in Estonia by local studio Kadarik Tüür Arhitektid is made entirely from timber batons.

The 420-seat Summer Theatre in Rakvere incorporates the surrounding trees and lake, creating an adaptable backdrop for 12 performances. At the end of the summer it will be completely dismantled and the timber rods recycled.

The outdoor theatre stage is built especially for 12 plays during the summer. Its main architectural goal is to create a closed, comfortable and intimate space that creates an immediate connection with the audience and the actors. The architecture frames the landscape in a way that the park, trees and the pond become an integral part of the stage-set. 

The light wooden construction gives space and allows for changing stage lighting dynamically. The light wooden construction gives space and allows for changing stage lighting dynamically. There is no need to use complicated materials, wood is a nice material that architects can easily understand and work with, it is also weather-proof.

The era and theme of the theatre project (beginning of the 20th century, futurism, young poets) has been approached from a different angle to visualize a complicated moment in European history. 

The material that has been chosen  for the stage is 50 x 50mm timber, which is a good natural material and easy to dismantle, so it gives the theater a possibility to re-use it for any new constructions within upcoming plays. The audience podium has 420 seats and stage area is 280m ². 

After 12 performances the stage will be dismantled and the timber and boards used for other things. 

Text by: Ott Kadarik