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Grand Théatre de Rabat

  • Rabat, Morocco
  • 2010 – TBC
  • Agence pour l’Aménagement de la Vallée du Bouregreg
  • Under Construction
  • Site Area
  • Approx. 47,000 m2
  • GFA
  • Approx. 27,000 m2

A fluid sculptural form inspired by the Bouregreg River between the ancient cities of Rabat and Salé. Incorporating an 1800-seat theatre, a 7,000 person amphitheatre and an experimental  performance space.

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The Grand Theatre is part of a national programme of cultural development initiated by King Mohammed VI, located on the Bouregreg River between the ancient twin cities of Rabat and Salé. The design takes its energy from the River, generating the landscape of the park that engulfs the amphitheatre and theatre.

The fluid sculptural forms create a seamless spatial experience that flow into the main foyer, moulding the grand staircases. This fluidity provides an intuitive visual and physical guide for visitors.

The €120m project includes an 1800-seat theatre, an open-air amphitheatre with a capacity of 7,000 people, a second experimental performance / rehearsal spaces and an extraordinary restaurant for 350 people. The main auditorium has a different crystalline geometry inspired by traditional Moroccan muqarnas.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Nils-Peter Fischer

Project Architect

Electra Mikelides, Martin Krcha

Project Team Initial stage

Nils Fischer, William Tan, Martin Krcha, Torsten Broeder, Rafael Contreras, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Hoda Nobakhti, Michal Treder, Shaowei Huang, Alexia Anastasopoulou

Concept Design

Nils Fischer, William Tan, Ting Ting Zhang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Martin Krcha, Alexandros Kallegias, Mirco Becker, Leha Hoang, Marie-Perrine Placais, Martha Read, Shyamala Duraisingam

Schematic Design Team

Nils Fischer, William Tan, James Thomas, Ting Ting Zhang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Martin Krcha, Erwan Gallou, Alexandros Kallegias, Abel Maciel, Michail Desyllas, Zhihong Lin, Sarah Wesson

Detail Design Team

Nils Fischer, James Thomas, Erwan Gallou, Martin Krcha, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Alexandros Kallegias, Michail Desyllas, Zhihong Lin, Duarte Reino, Nassim Eshaghi, Katharina Hieger, Michael Sims, Joshua Noad, Frenji Koshy, Igor Pantic, Nicola Berkowski, Sarah Wesson, Abel Maciel


Nils Fischer, James Thomas, Martin Krcha, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Erwan Gallou, Michail Desyllas, Duarte Reino, Katharina Hieger, Joshua Noad, Alexandros Kallegias, Nassim Eshaghi, Michael Sims, Thanh Dao

Local Architect

Cabinet Omar Alaoui (Morocco)

Structural Engineer

Adams Kara Taylor (London)

MEP Engineer

Max Fordham (London)

Acoustics & Theatre

Artec Consultants (New York)


Newtecnic (London)


Office for Visual Interaction Inc (New York)

Cost Consultant

Donnell Consultants Incorporated (Florida)

Acoustics & Theatre

ARUP – New York


IR2A – Rabat



Local MEP and Structure consultant

Omnium – Rabat

Fire consultant

Casavigilance – Rabat