Bío-Bío Regional Theatre

The building has to offer a spatial response to an ambivalent place, at once endowed with a singular beauty and cut off from urban life by its location. It has to transform an essentially self-absorbed brief into an opportunity to catalyse public life and social interaction. To do so, it is configured as a “place of experience” that links culture with the geographical framework.


Making the roofs passable, giving them movement, intensifies the relation with the landscape and multiplies the centre’s activities, encouraging spontaneous creativity. This undulating, stratified geometry also prompts a polysemic interpretation, referring at once to the behind-the-scenes world of the theatre, to the watery landscape which it overlooks and to the dark universe of seismic activity.



client: Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Gobierno de Chile

location: Concepción, Chile

program: Bío-Bío Regional Theatre

area: 9296.5m2

status: Project


Architecture: Iñaki Ábalos y Renata Sentkiewicz (Ábalos + Sentkiewicz), Alejandro Morales y Francisca Cifuentes (MC2 arquitectos asociados), Andrés Durán (D+).

Collaborators: Juan Enríquez, Rodrigo Rieiro, José Rodríguez, Deborah López

Acoustics/Theatre Consultants: Higini Arau, ARAUACUSTICA