UWC Dilijan Black Box
A highly-flexible 200-seat performance space on a remote site in rural Armenia.
The first phase of the UWC Dilijan masterplan opened to an initial cohort of 200 students in 2014. The "Black Box" is their main performance space until the PAC opens as part of phase two. Nestled amongst the boarding houses at the top end of the school campus, the Black Box is a highly functional space that serves as a theatre, a cinema, a lecture hall, an exam room, a rehearsal space and a music venue for the student body.
After the external envelope had been designed in Armenia, the technical facilities were designed and constructed in the UK before being shipped to Dilijan and installed by a combined team of Armenian construction workers and British theatre specialists.
The theatre is understood to be the first flexible performance space constructed in Armenia and is certainly the most technologically advanced venue in the country.
Location: Dilijan, Armenia
Type: Flexible theatre; retractable seating; school theatre; design & build
Team: Tim Flynn Architects, Polysemic, Stage Technologies
Photography: Danil Kolodin & others