Kengo Kuma and Associates wins Kamal Theatre competition

Kamal Theatre

Kengo Kuma & Associates has been awarded first prize in the competition to design the new Kamal Theatre in Kazan, Russia, together with the wonderful local architects Wowhause, German Bakulin, and brilliant engineers at Werner Sobek

Our aim is to create a unique theatre deeply rooted in Tatar culture: inheriting the spirit and memories of the old theatre and merging with the long history of the Kamal theatre and the city of Kazan. At the exterior, a transparent facade subtly reflects the surroundings, blending architecture with nature and revealing the fluctuation of the atmosphere over time.

The shifting triangular silhouette, a reference to the classic Kamal Theater, exposes a different character as viewed from each side. For the interior and main hall, we were inspired by the overwhelmingly beautiful Tatar crafts and ornaments and drew from the intricate designs to create a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere.

It is a great honor to have the chance to work on such a unique project. We hope to keep learning from the local people and nature so that we can deliver a new theater, to be loved by the people of Kazan. Source by Kengo Kuma and Associates.

  • Location: Kazan, Russia
  • Architect: Kengo Kuma and Associates
  • Project Team: Anteo Taro Sanada, Justin Hsu, Pavel Sipkin, Aimi Hayashi, Bobo Wu, Kimio Suzuki
  • Local architect: Wowhaus Bureau, German Bakulin
  • Structure and MEP Engineer: Werner Sobek
  • Theatre Consultant: Arup
  • Year: 2022
  • Images: Atchain, Brickvisual