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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. 55,000 m2
  • Capacity: 2000 seats
  • GFA: Approx. 27000m2

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.

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 Architects


Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Nils Fischer

Project Architect

Electra Mikelides, Martin Krcha


Nils Fischer, William Tan, Ting Ting Zhang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Martin Krcha, Alexandros Kallegias, Mirco Becker, Leha Hoang, Marie-Perrine Placais, Martha Read, Shyamala Duraisingam, Torsten Broeder, Rafael Contreras, Hoda Nobakhti, Michal Treder, Shaowei Huang, Alexia Anastasopoulou


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


Nils Fischer, Stephanie Gracies, Martin Krcha, Electra Mikelides, Chafik Zerrouki, Marina Dimopoulou, Erwan Gallou, Ken Bostock, Danielle Cornet, Thanh Dao

Architect of Record

Cabinet Omar Alaoui [Morocco]

Structural Engineer

Adams Kara Taylor [London]

MEP Engineer

Max Fordham [London]

Façade Engineer

Newtecnic [London], Bollinger & Grohmann [Frankfurt]


Office for Visual Interaction Inc [New York]

Cost Consultant

Donnell Consultants Incorporated [Florida]

Acoustics & Theatre Consultant

Arup [New York]

Food Service Consultant

IR2A [Rabat]


PROAP [Portugal]

Local MEP and Structure consultant

Omnium [Rabat]

Fire Consultant

Casavigilance [Rabat]