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DOLE THEATER

RESTORATION AND MODERNISATION OF A SITE MEANT FOR CREATION AND DISSEMINATION

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The Dole Municipal Theater was built between 1840 and 1844 following a contest won by the engineer and architect Bernard Martin with a project which met the compliance and financial guidelines set by the local authorities.

Over the years, malfunctions and non-compliance with regulations in force in matters of safety and accessibility posed a serious threat of closure to the Dole Theater. The level of comfort offered to the public and the sanitary condition of the structure had become rather disappointing, and the technical installations ill-adapted to the standards and uses of a 21st century theater.

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The challenge of this restoration is twofold: on the one hand, we must provide solutions to the practical needs of its users; on the other, there are legitimate requirements in terms of comfort, accessibility, and public safety

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In 2013, and in collaboration with the scenographer Architecture & Technique, we won the consultation for the restoration of this early-19th-century Italian theater, which is now led by the Scènes du Jura - Scène nationale.

An initial phase of construction on the exteriors was carried out and delivered in 2018. The second phase – currently underway – concerns the interiors and aims to recover the essence of the theater, all while adapting the technical aspects and comfort to the challenges of the 21st century.

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Location
Dole
Mission
Rehabilitation, modernisation,
and accessibility
Programme
Theaters and convention centers
Contractor
City of Dole
Team
Chatillon Architectes
(lead architect)
Architecture &
Technique (scenographer)
Budget
€ 7m excl. VAT
Timetable
2014 – 2021
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