“An architectural machine that doesn’t produce sound” (Vinoly)... but is able to produce symphony music. These are the words that architecture studio Edoardo Milesi & Archos used to present the Forum Theatre designed for the Bertarelli Foundation in the hills of Maremma, Tuscany. The project, completed in 2015 has recently been awarded a special mention in the Dedalo Minosse International Award for Architecture Clients 2017.
The forum of the Bertarelli Foundationis a project that has been planned down to the smallest details so that there are no elements – a corner or a reflection –that can disturb the harmony of the spaces. Architect Edoardo Milesi has made every effort to create architecture that become part of the settingthat blends as harmoniously as an instrument with the great orchestra conducted by nature. The location chosen is on the hills of the Maremma area in Tuscany, near a large olive grove to which the organic shape of the theatre plays an involuntary tribute: in fact, when seen from above, it looks like an olive near its leaf.
Inside the forum, the perfectly curved shape governed by its golden proportions, recalls the sound waves that envelop the public and the orchestra. The architect has orchestrated a series of elements that control and mitigate the passage from outside to inside. The materials, for example, that recall the colours of the earth and a curved sheet at the side of the theatre that guides the public towards the inside, gradually isolating them from the surrounding nature and preparing them for the performance inside.