Théâtre de la Vieille Forge unveils concept of its new facilities

In situ architectural studio, in collaboration with VRA + LPA, will be designing the performance space, slated for completion in 2024.

The Théâtre de la Vieille Forge unveiled the architectural concept of its new facilities, which is slated for completion on the Longue Pointe in Petite-Vallée in 2024.

Following a architectural competition, the jury selected in situ architectural studio’s, in collaboration with VRA + LPA, design  among the four proposals submitted.

The concept captivated the jurors for “its contribution to the evolution of the site, both from a historical and event point of view, as well as for the materiality and volumetry on a human scale of the building, which presents a gaspesian signature with the spirit of Village en chanson”.
“ [This is a] great step forward, marked by a long but very rewarding process, as well as by proposals that have made people dream. I am very happy with the concept developed by in situ atelier d’architecture: a proposal that is part of tradition and history to be written. We can speak of a new breath for the Village en chanson,” says lan Côté, general and artistic director of the organization.

Playing with the shapes, colours and techniques of vernacular maritime architecture, the new Théâtre de la Vieille Forge will fit organically into the landscape. With its two linear volumes parallel to the rocks and notches that jut out into the sea as well as its lanterns acting sometimes as a beacon and skylight, the architectural concept will preserve the conviviality of its space.

The proposed concept took into account the authenticity of the experience and the legendary warmth of the Old Forge. The human-scale project will offer meeting places facing the sunset, thanks to a two-storey foyer and a glass-enclosed café-bistro offering a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence. Festival-goers and citizens will have access to a performance hall with multiple configurations (floor and balcony included) with 150, 300 or 450 seats, allowing an “intimate relationship between artists and spectators”, specify the designers. A waterfront promenade and a large stepped terrace leading down to the sea will offer visitors a most inspiring maritime experience, in addition to being conducive to community and artistic gatherings.

The design plans and specifications will be under development until the end of 2022, which will be followed by calls for tenders to select a general contractor. Construction work should begin in the spring of 2023, with a view to deliver the project in 2024.