THÉÂTRE ANTIQUE D'ORANGE

Orange, France | 2006 | Culture
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A canopy for the stage wall
61.7 m  long / 3.80 m 

  • Client: Municipality of Orange 
  • Architect (team leader): Didier Repellin, Chief Architect of Historical Monuments, AREP, Economist : Cabinet DUBOIS, Technical oversight : NORISKO Construction
  • Partners (study of vulnerability of original ancient stonework): CSTB Marne-la-Vallée, SSF department: expertise regarding safety options, oversight of analytical programme LERM materials research laboratory, Arles: advisory services and testing of structures and materials ADC+C&E Ingénierie : analysis of strength of breast walls Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) : analysis of breast wall longitudinal stability
The key challenge in this project is to make sure that a stone-built part of France’s classical Roman heritage, whose long-term future and architectural integrity must be safeguarded, can co-exist alongside a large-span contemporary metal structure which, as it becomes one with the monument, also becomes a part of its history.
A canopy for the stage of the Roman theatre in Orange in the south of France has been on the cards for more than a century. In recent years however, it has become an absolute necessity to preserve the Roman stonework from the rigours of the climate.

AREP, the multi-disciplinary design office he is in charge of, were to make their expertise in the fields of structures and heritage uildings available to the client, Didier Repellin, ACMH. The key challenge in this project is to make sure that a stone-built part of France’s
classical Roman heritage, whose long-term future and architectural integrity must be safeguarded, can co-exist alongside a large-span contemporary metal structure which, as it becomes one with the monument, also becomes a part of its history.
In the framework of this flagship project, AREP’s twin cultures of architecture and engineering contributed to developing the technical discussions with respect to the architectural parts of the programme, with the support of experts from CSTB and LERM, who took part in the project in respect of the roof’s aeraulic behaviour and the preliminary assessment of the ancient masonry’s vulnerability.