Jellyfish Theatre

Folke Köbberling/Martin Kaltwasser, London, 2010


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Temporary theatre constructed entirely from recycled material

Focusing on energy-efficiency, cooperation and human scale construction, the theatre is made of materials from many sources, including junked theatre sets, reclaimed timber from building sites, Covent Garden market pallets, old kitchen units that the public brought along.

The site wasted almost no energy in the material handling and during the construction phase. The building was largely built with hand tools and seven cordless powertools by from volunteers who traveled to the site mostly with bicycles.

The artists Folke Köbberling and Martin Kaltwasser, together with 84 volunteers, created the low-budget-theatre for the Oikos Theatre Festival 2010.

The design was inspired by the jellyfish, which the architects describe as a ‘fragile, fascinating and terrifying species.’ The theatre project with a mix of public-made art, architecture and performance explored how a sustainable society can flourish in a world. The C02 pollution during the construction of the theater was thus estimated as almost zero kg/m2.


  • Begun: Jun 2010
  • Completed: Aug 2010
  • Floor area: 246m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £17,000
  • Address: The Jellyfish Theatre, 11-25 Union Street, London, SE1 1LB, United Kingdom

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