The New Mariinsky Theatre opened on May 2, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia and it was designed by the practice of Diamond Schmitt Architects with a design that tries to give a contemporary renewal of the historic urban building.
The Theater is across the street from the original opera and ballet house in the historic center of the city, one of the largest performing arts facilities in the world and the first one in Russia, built in the 19th century.
The base is created with fenestrated masonry to provide a design that blends in with the older buildings surrounding it and there are large bay windows that offer panoramic views of the city. The base is continues with a curved metal roof with a glass canopy that offers a strong contrast that states the modern identity of the building.
The New Mariinsky incluces an opera and ballet house with 2000 seats and a huge back of house where there are six stages and rehearsal rooms along with the amenities for the staff and the support facilities. The auditorium is also designed so as to provide the best acoustics and also the best sight from every seat and thus offer the optimal experience of the performances.