1998 - 2003

Extension - Renovation / Public / Realisation

Balsamine theater

A theatre, it is a sort of box, closed and a bit magical, that makes one dream

From this concept, our architecture office proposes a project which will be selected in the competition organised by the Schaerbeek Community. 

By the addition of an important volume, the objective is to render improved technical performance and more rational functionality, but also to identify the theatre as an urban cultural landmark.

« In the new building conceived by Francis Metzger, the lobby is opened, on one level, next to a public park newly refurbished by IBGE on the site of the old Dailly barracks. This is a refreshing change from those theatrical edifices where it is obligatory to climb stairs before crossing corridors and alcoves, to finally arrive in the heart of the scenic action!  Even the lobby of the old National Theatre of Brussels in the defunct Martini tower imposed a peremptory hierarchy between the spectator, on the balcony, and the man on street, completely neglecting its wide opening onto the Place Rogier.»¹

1. Extracted from the article by FRANÇOIS THIRY, published in  A+, n°177, August-September 2002, page 84.



  • 01-2004
    El tercer lugar del premio a la Consideracion Paisajista en proyectos no paisajisticos, VII Bienal de Arquitectura 16 octobre 2004, Costa Rica
  • 01-2003
    Lauriat for the candidature "competition for the Balsamine Theatre"
  • 01-2003
    Architecture Biennial of Sao Paulo: second prize, Brazil, 2003
  • 10-2014
    Un lieu pour apprivoiser le désordre
    Alternatives théâtralesPDF
  • 01-2004
    Architecture contemporaine belge primée !
    ARTE News - n°5 - pp 44-47 - janvier 2004PDF
  • 01-2004
    Biennale de Sao Paulo : 2e Prix pour Francis Metzger
    Le journal de l'architecte - n°156 - janvier 2004PDF
  • 12-2003
    Ma2 reçoit un important prix d'architecture à Sao Paulo
    Entreprendre - n°11 - p 16 - décembre 2003PDF
  • 01-2003
    Théâtre de la Balsamine
    Prisme éditions - Belgium new architecture - Tome II - pp 234-237 - 2003PDF
  • 08-2002
    A+ n°177 - pp 82-87 - août-septembre 2002PDF