Awarded 1st prize in international competition, the project was abandoned due to political changes in Piedmont.
The main theatre of 500 seats and a smaller performance hall are allied to a series of restaurants, bars and bookshop. The design very carefully considered the scale of the surrounding buildings and the material (a facing of local terra cotta). Its main axes become part of an urban system of squares leading through to Lake Maggiore.
Inspired by the tradition of busy small-town squares, the complex brings the public up onto terraces where open-air cinema, casual performances, the intermixing of the adjoining market place and the bar-café activity all become one. The main theatre acting as a catalyst for this and the reception areas becoming small performance or meeting-places in their own right.
In association with Salvador Perez Arroyo and Studio Bargoni.
Location: Piedmont, Italy
Type: Municipal Theatre
Client: City Of Verbania
Budget: 15,000,000 Euro
Area: 3,500 m2
Status: Under Planning
Design: Peter Cook, Gavin Robotham, Dimitris Argiyros, Patricia Gonzales, Andrea Gonzalez Martinez, Jean-Baptiste Ruat