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Die Königin der Nacht

In the 1980’s space for alternative artist and actors was rare in Zurich. They were fighting side by side for a progressive cultural city.
At that time the Theaterspektakel was incepted and the plays were presented in circus tents. The circus-like atmosphere has conserved until today.

Since the inception, the Theaterspektakel advanced quickly to a worldwide rennomated Theatrefestival starring internationally acting groups. At the same time jesters and beertables occupy the festival site and help to create the improvised atmosphere of the Theaterspektakel. This atmosphere is the inspiration for the Theater „Die Königin der Nacht“.

The temporary theater is like an enourmous stage with the scenery on the inside leaving the construction visible on the outside.
The inner wrapping provides the threshold to the world of the theatre a world of illusion and wonder. On this fabric video projections can be made and thus transform the whole room into a enormous scene. Sight slots provide insight for the standing places and include the peeping people into the scenery.

The wooden structure recalls the ephemere wooden theatres of the ancient greeks. From the achiteconical hexagon shape on the outside the theatre transforms into an neutral circular form, leaving an abstract room ideal for theatre. The decision to build half on the land and half on the water underlines the ambivalent caracter of the theatre.

The Structure can be assembled within five days and disassembled in three. The principle of the construction is inspired by cicus tents:
While the platforms are built up, sturctural-rings that will later form the roof are assembled at the same time on the floor. When the plarforms are completed, they form a huge crane on which the roof-rings are pulled up ring by ring into postition. Everything can be assembled without big machinery and needs a minimum of 30 people. Thus the construction mirrors the idea of the festival which is a construct of many people's ideas and ideals.

ETHZ Diploma 2013
Professor Anette Spiro
Assistant Hartmut Göhler
Assistant Udo Thönnissen