Groves-Raines Architects

Theatr Cromlech


The 'Theatr Cromlech' is the result of a collaboration between GRAS directors Gunnar Groves-Raines and Stuart Falconer and Halla Groves-Raines. Halla Groves-Raines is a painter and set designer with an undergraduate degree from Glasgow School of Art and a Masters in Professional Theatre Design from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. 'Theatr Cromlech' references ancient and organic structures in Welsh history. As the only permanent building on their designated land, the cromlech was the focal point for a small clan-like community, used as both a tomb for burying the dead and a meeting place for community events and rituals. While the cromlech have survived several thousand years and were constructed in solid welsh stone, the theatre, which is designed to be in position for a very short time, is constructed using lightweight, expanded polystyrene blocks in the raw form in which they are supplied wholesale to the construction and packaging industries. EPS is widely used as acoustic and thermal insulation, as a filling material and as a sacrificial material in concrete formwork, among many other uses. It is very lightweight, 100% recyclable and despite consisting of approximately 98% air, it has a solid, hard appearance.

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