ANTIGONI PATSALOU

View from Main stage towards the Auditorium

Exploded Axonometric showing interior and exterior relationship

View from Theatre's main viewport towards Ragusa Superiore

Elevation from street

View to Theatre and Auditorium

View from Main stage towards the Auditorium

Exploded Axonometric showing interior and exterior relationship

View from Theatre's main viewport towards Ragusa Superiore

Elevation from street

View to Theatre and Auditorium

ANTIGONI PATSALOU | FORCED PERSPECTIVES - A 'Teatro' with Ragusa as the backdrop.

BIO

My name is Antigoni and I have recently completed Year One of Master in Architecture at LSA. 

My Second Semester project is titled "Forced Perspectives - A 'Teatro' with Ragusa as the backdrop." 

The project is located in Ragusa, Sicily. The city has two distinct areas, the lower and older town of Ragusa Ibla, and the higher Ragusa Superiore (Upper Town). One of the initial aspirations was to "connect" the two sides, and so the chosen site was selected as it "sits" as the midpoint and lowest level between them. The brief was formed based on a movie called "Divorzio all'italiana", shot in Ragusa in 1960 along with the study of the "Teatro Olimpico" and how it incorporates perspective in its' scenic stage. 

The design was then aligned to "frame" certain areas of Ragusa, to guide the users in certain venues which were featured in the Movie. The natural landscape and slope of the site were employed to create an entrance for the exterior theatre, and another route through to the highest level on the auditorium. The theatre incorporates the caves of the site in its exterior facade as well as the interior spaces, while its top level is a walk-in area where people can experience the whole of Ragusa through certain viewports. It also features glass roofs above the circulation areas of the theatre, allowing the users to experience the life inside the theatre, as well as the outside. Below the auditorium are located the Box office, a Bar and the main lobby utlising as much space as possible. 

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