The Royal Playhouse was finished in February 2008 and had its grand opening on 16 February 2008, with the premiere of “Hamlet”. The construction started in October 2004, giving a construction time of just over three years. The architect is Arkitektfirmaet Lundgaard og Tranberg A/S. The building is around 20,000 m² and has three stages with capacities of 650, 200 and 100 seats. Further, the building has a foyer with a widespread public restaurant, wardrobe, backstage, a rehearsal stage, offices, a library, make-up rooms, dressing rooms and other theatre-related functions.
Presentation from 2009 by Hans Kragh from Ramboll.
It showcases the successful journey from design to the end of the Royal Danish Opera House in Copenhagen. The client´s brief was to build an auditorium with world-class acoustics, high-quality indoor climate, theatre technique better than the best European opera houses, a repertoire theatre with a capacity of 3 ongoing performances and facilities for ballet. And delivery no later than 3½ year after design start (a world record !). Check the floorplans and beautiful images from the Royal Danish Opera House in the presentation. Investigate the building systems with ventilation providing the best indoor air quality and super sound quality.
ECO-Culture – Demonstration and dissemination of ECO-concepts for high performing European cultural buildings (link here)
The report provided by the European Commission, 2004.
In the Royal Danish Opera House, the focus has been on heat pumps, seawater cooling, thermo-active slabs and the use of environmental concrete. This building has an impressive reduction in cooling consumption and CO2 emission by 71%, compared to an expected value of 75%. The reduction in heating consumption is 42%, and 67% of the related CO2 emission. This significant drop is partially helped by lower emission related to the distributed district heating.