The Pays d'Aix Theatre


A lighting project that involves the design and creation of exclusively site-specific light fixtures. At the entrance the light has a service function, guiding people along the path. The Auditorium Hall amazes with a large central suspension




Pays d'Aix – France


Gregotti Architects Associates

The main feature of the new theater is the urban position: the relief of the land and the covered railway line that passes on one of its sides create the differences in height which are themselves considered a matter of design. The result is a succession of circular volumes that follow the straight line in Avenue Mozart. The circular square onto which the theater entrance opens is a true open-air theatrical space, a pedestrian bastion characterizes the upper part of the theater, where the roof of the backstage tower becomes a large tree-lined patio with a café: this panoramic viewpoint over the surrounding city it is like a small terraced hill covered in light stone. At the center of the structure there is a large hall with a capacity of 1.300 people, with three tiers of stalls and galleries above. The stage can be adapted to suit various types of plays and musical performances.
All lighting fixtures have been specially designed. In the entrance hall, the light accompanies people on their journey: elegant suspended glass tubes with halogen lamps are distributed in a curvilinear pattern. The Auditorium room is equipped with a large central brass chandelier with bright naked bulbs, while single or combined projectors equipped with brilliant optics illuminate the audience.