Opera Lesna Sopot Amphitheatre
Location: Lesna, Poland
Completion Date: 2012
Size: 5300 sqm
Fabric: PTFE - St Gobain Sheerfill I HT
The Opera Lesna Sopot amphitheatre (or ‘Forest Opera’) is one of the most unique forest amphitheatre in Europe with over a hundred years of history. The spectacular roof designed and constructed by Taiyo Europe, was part of a renovation project to modernise this magnificent facility.
Originally built in 1909, the amphitheatre has hosted many many famous artists, events, shows, operas and festivals. In 2009 Opera Lesna celebrated its 100th Anniversary and began renovations to modernise the facility, including the complete replacement of the roof structure.
The open-air amphitheatre seats 5000 people and called for a visually stunning design that would compliment the natural forest setting. The use of high-translucency PTFE creates an outdoor feel, allowing in natural sunlight when the weather is pleasant, and will protect artists and visitors, all year round during incremental weather.
LED lights reflected of the amphitheatre membrane roof create visually stunning effect and the canopy absorbs sound, producing excellent acoustics to enhance visitor experience.
The Opera Lesna Sopot project won an Award For Excellence for MakMax’s European division, Taiyo Europe in 2013 at the IFAI International Achievement Awards. Taiyo Europe was recognised for their incredible work, technical skill and design excellence on this unique architectural tensile structure.