The future theatre of the Big Beaks

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A new milestone has been reached in the future relocation of the youth theatre The Big Beaks. It has unveiled the first images of their new infrastructure, which will, in the fall of 2021, in The Barracks of Ex Machina and Robert Lepage.

The project of the firms, SBTA, Inc. and Delort & Brochu, who joined forces, has been retained. Four architectural firms had been selected as finalists.

A view of the future youth theatre of the Big Beaks from the rue Saint-Paul.

“Our goal was to inspire a sense of home and comfort in those who will inhabit the place and that the project fits into the urban landscape and enrich it,” said Dino Barbarese, associate at SBTA, Inc., on Thursday, during a press conference.

It was important to retain and enhance the heritage elements of this fire station built in 1912, and to keep an important place for the tower to the bowels of this building, which is the identity of the building.

“The constraints of working from a place have triggered some ideas,” noted Vladimir Topourzanov, partner at SBTA, Inc.

A jury of six persons selected by the joint project of the firms of Quebec and Montreal. It has even allowed a jury of children to express themselves on the four finalists ‘ projects.

The current Barracks, which is occupied by Ex Machina and Robert Lepage, will undergo a course of major transformation. The addition of a new section with transparent elements will bring a lot of brightness in the home interior of this theatre that is in operation on the day.

Jean-Philippe Joubert, artistic and general Director

A great step

The total cost of the transformation is $ 18.9 million. The government of Québec contributes with an amount of $ 11.5 million and the City of Quebec, with 1.8 million.

A request for financial assistance has been made to the government of Canada, and a fundraising campaign will be implemented soon.

“It’s a great step has been taken,” quipped Jean-Philippe Joubert, executive and artistic director of Big Beaks.

The home where one will find a café, a library space and a place of animation.

The main hall of the ” new ” Big Beaks will have a capacity of 350 seats. One will also find a fireplace, with a coffee shop, a library area and a recreation room, a place to rehearse, a place of residence and creation, and a room for performances of smaller configuration.

Construction is expected to begin next winter and the official opening is scheduled for fall 2021. The team of the Big Beaks could live in The Barracks any time, to make the establishment, after the move of Ex Machina to the Diamond, at the end of the summer 2019.