Kykladon Street Theater
The renovation of the Kykladon Street Theater in Athens intended to achieve three goals: The creation of a flexible stage, the augmentation and redesign of the visitor and actors’ spaces, and the general refurbishing of the theater’s infrastructure.
The stage was entirely demolished and reconstructed with moveable bleachers that enable different placement according to the needs of a particular performance. The actors’ dressing rooms were widened and redesigned and the abandoned back yard was transformed to an opening foyer structure with a garden. Overall, infrastructure was added such as air conditioning and ventilation, custom made metal channels that host the changing electrical needs of each performance and sound insulation that prevents street noise. The basic parameter for the architectural approach was the dialogue with the existing architecture of Kyriakos Krokos, the original creator of the theater 25 years ago.
The exposed brick and old mosaic floors – the primary materials of the existing theater – were repaired and enlarged. In the back foyer, the walls were stripped of their plaster and the stone was exposed, new concrete benches and sinks were cast, and pre-rusted steel structures were added. All the new structures and furnishing of the theater are custom made and their construction is exposed. Each material used is left bare to convey its innate beauty.