Gerber Architects have received recognition for their design in the ‘Young Stage’ competition. A building was to be planned on the theatre grounds in the area of the current Young Opera House, which was intended from the outset as a temporary venue, to be used jointly by the Children’s and Youth Theatre (KJT), the Opera House and, for selected productions, the Ballet. The idea is based on a composition of a compact ‘House of Theatre Worlds’ and a ‘floating roof’, which connects all adjacent functions in a natural and maximally open manner, thereby dissolving the boundaries between outside and inside. For the young stage of the Theater Dortmund, a structurally clear and reduced structure is proposed, which captures and calms the existing heterogeneous structure of opera house and playhouse in an urban space.

The quarter is to grow together to form a complete ensemble and as such create a new urban quality in this location.