The Theatre, Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Singapore
Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay opened its doors
in 2002. Located on prime waterfront land on the shores of Marina
Bay, this complex features the Theatre, Outdoor
Hall, Recital Hall, "Black-box" Theatre, 3-level retail
mall, and an underground carpark. In its immediate vicinity are
over 5000 world-class hotel rooms, two major convention centers,
1000 shops, 300 restaurants and 7500 parking spaces.
Esplanade Theatre's 2000-seat design was adapted
from traditional horseshoe-shaped European opera houses. Its acoustics
allow the room to accommodate performances of traditional Asian
and Western performing arts as well as multi-media presentations.
The Theatre has a main stage with adjustable proscenium, two full-sized
ancillary stages, a 30 meter high fly tower, and an adjustable orchestra
pit with three lifts, designed to handle orchestras of varying sizes.
Both performance venues are constructed as "boxes-within-boxes",
to insure protection from outside noises and vibrations. The isolation
techniques include wide structural air gaps to further insure that
vibrations generated in "noisy" areas will not be transmitted
to the acoustically critical performer and audience areas. The solid,
dense constructions were employed to insure that acoustic sounds
from the lowest organ pedal notes to the highest overtones of string
and percussion instruments is preserved and distributed to the listeners.
Artec provided Design and Planning services covering
Acoustics Design and Background Noise
and Vibration Control for Esplanade
- Theatres on the Bay. The project's architect for the center
was Sir Michael Wilford and DP