Sala Beckett

Architects: Flores & Prats Architects
Typology: International Workshop of Dramaturgy
Location: Poble Nou, Barcelona
Construction Date: 2014-2016
Photos by: Adrià Goula


The project occupies the former workers cooperative “Pau i Justícia”, deeply rooted in the memory of the neighbourhood Poblenou, a space where long ago neighbours had celebrated marriages, first communions and parties, which was abandoned for many years. Now its doors open again and these neighbours recognize the spaces in their memories at the same time that the building has been adapted to the new program: a theatre and a dramaturgy school, a place to celebrate the theatrical creation.

The design process has been done with the utmost respect towards the former workers cooperative, studying the existing spaces and decoration and relaying on them to create the atmosphere of the new drama centre. A large foyer connects all the levels through a series of successive openings, exposing completely the building to a promenade of interior sights, in a way that everyone entering is attracted to look up or around, see people and say hello. Thus, the foyer becomes somehow a domestic place, where relations and exchanges can happen unexpectedly, surprisingly in its many turns, corners and benches… The real theatrical activity is not just happening at the spaces for theatre exhibition, but expanded to the building as a whole.