Joining the historic Mariinsky Theatre, which dates
from 1860, and the Mariinsky Concert Hall, which was inaugurated in 2006, the
Mariinsky II will expand the Mariinsky’s cultural complex on legendary Theatre
Square and enable the institution to offer the public a greatly increased
schedule of presentations. Mariinsky II, funded by the Russian Government, is
designed by the Toronto-based firm of Diamond Schmitt Architects in conjunction
with the Russian firm KB ViPS. The 851,580-square-foot Mariinsky II will be one
of the largest lyric arts facilities in the world.
Jack Diamond, Principal Architect of Diamond Schmitt Architects, stated,
“When I was approached by Valery Gergiev to enter the international competition
to design the new Mariinsky Theatre, he presented the opportunity to work in one
of the world’s most magical architectural settings, not to mention with a
Maestro who is justifiably renowned as one the world’s most respected leaders in
the performing arts. I am very proud of Mariinsky II and trust it will achieve
our design intent, which is to channel the immense creative spirit that is at the heart of the
Mariinsky Theatre and its Maestro.”
Mariinsky II is designed to complement St. Petersburg’s beloved 19th century
architecture while adding a distinctive new element to the landscape of Theatre
Square. Dramatically large glass facades and bay windows set in the masonry
exterior will provide panoramic views of the city and the adjacent historic
Mariinsky Theatre, while fulfilling the traditional role of colonnaded porticos.
A gently curved metal roof will be enlivened by a glass canopy, giving the
building a contemporary identity that is nevertheless rooted in St. Petersburg’s
New Mariinsky theatre considered to be the best opera and ballet stage in the world.
While the auditorium is a contemporary hall, its principles are those of famous 18th and 19th century opera houses, with a horseshoe shape and three balcony levels.
This configuration has proved to be ideal for intimacy, acoustics, sightlines, audience comfort and overall cohesion of the hall.
Throught the numerous tests, location of each seat has been chosen to have the best view of the stage. Each row is higher than the previous to give you a full view of the stage.
Arm-chairs are highly comfortable and also have a lot of leg room, so you can enjoy performance of any length.
In every section, each row of the seats is much higher and behind the previous. Thanks to it, you have a full view of the stage and a lot of leg room.
The Mariinsky II has been designed to create ideal acoustic conditions. At about 18000 m3, the hall has an ideal volume and is the best within the world’s most renowned opera houses.
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