Théâtre la Licorne / Les architectes FABG

Théâtre la licorne / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The building of Théâtre la Licorne like the theater company that runs it , La Manufacture, has a strong bond with its surrounding area. It tends to communicate with the city and reflects the type of theater that it produces: straightforward and urban.

Théâtre la licorne / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

Aesthetic choices made during the design phase also reflects the idea of “manufacture”: Simplicity of form and the use of raw materials: glass, metal, concrete, brick… Apparent structure, ventilation ducts and plumbing. Elements borrowed from industrial buildings: cable trays, concrete floors…

Théâtre la licorne / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The project is designed like a compact machine combining two theaters (la Grande and la Petite Licorne) and a rehearsal room that are organized around a unifying hall. The latter includes ticketing services and a bar where the public can stop before or after performances. Its dimensions commonly found in bars located on the ground floor of duplex and triplex of Plateau Mont-Royal district and it reuses typical architectural elements of this neighborhood: brick walls, spiral metal staircase.

Théâtre la licorne / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

Spaces of representations and productions have been thought of as neutral spaces, as black boxes. The two theaters are fully independent and two shows can be presented simultaneously. La Petite Licorne has a capacity of 90 to 114 seats while La Grande Licorne has 176 to 227 seats.

Théâtre la licorne / les architectes fabg
© Steve Montpetit

The performance spaces are equipped with removable bleachers that can be organized according to the various scenic needs. La Grande Licorne has a motorized technical grid facilitating stage montage and managing . Located upstairs and overlooking the avenue Papineau, the rehearsal room can eventually be turned into a studio. It is adjacent to a terrace aligned with those of neighboring buildings.

Project Details:
Location: Montreal, Canada
Architects: Les architectes FABG
Photographs: Steve Montpetit

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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