Location: Chiari, BS (IT)
AOUMM – Argot ou La Maison Mobile
Riccardo Maria Balzarotti
Matteo Umberto Poli
The office presented a project for the new Sant’Orsola theater in Chiari (BS) proposing a contemporary performance space as an opportunity for urban regeneration. Facing the diffusion of on-demand content and individual consumption of cultural products, public performance spaces can trigger social gatherings and promote the recreation of local identities. The new theater retraces the outline of the original building and focuses on visibility, recognizability, and permeability, to create new physical and symbolical urban connections. A big central body is surrounded by minor volumes. The courtyard is an open-air foyer, a hybrid place for meetings and relationships, supporting different functions. The complex is made of connected cores, which indeterminacy allows the theater system to metabolize conditions and uses constantly evolving.