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RENOVATION OF THE ERKEL THEATRE

Planning status
Realized
Planning year
2013
Planning area
16 492 m2
Locality
Budapest, II. János Pál pápa tér 30.
Lead Architect
Zoboki Gábor DLA habil., egyetemi tanár, Silvester Csaba, Turi Zoltán
Architects
Reppert Béla, Kőszeghy Flóra, Rutkai Pál, Csiszér András
Main design partners and consultants
MádiLáncos Studió Kft., Földvári Mérnökiroda Kft., Dékettő Statikus Iroda Kft., Körös Consult Kft., Hungaroproject Mérnökiroda Kft.
Client
Magyar Állami Operaház

The financial resources provided for the renovation of the largest theatre building in Hungary, even based on the most economical technical solutions, did not make a full reconstruction possible, only the improvement of the conditions of opera playing. A considerable part of the transformation took place in the lobby and behind the scenes. The social welfare spaces and changing rooms were extended, the technical equipment of the stage was modernized and the auditorium received an appropriate ventilation system. The new, youthful and convivial interior design of the lobby expresses the original mission of Erkel Theatre opened in 1911 as People’s Opera with the tools of contemporary architecture. By making the auditorium more comfortable, the number of seats reduced from 1935 to 1816, but this is still the theatre building in Hungary seating the most viewers.