The Grupo Vidanta-owned theater that houses Joyá – Mexico’s only Cirque du Soleil performance and dinner venue – has won the coveted 2015 Building Project of the Year award by leading architecture and construction design magazine Obras. According to a press release,the theater was chosen as the winner in recognition of its state of the art integration of design,architectural elements and construction practices with the lush natural landscape of Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
“A panel of expert judges selected the Vidanta Theater for Cirque du Soleil at Riviera Maya as the most important facility constructed in Mexico from a competitive applicant field of more than 1,000 building projects,citing the theater’s social and economic impact,innovation in theater architecture and engineering,and consideration of Mexican art and heritage.”
This marks the 13th year that Obras has presented this award,which always recognizes the most important new construction projects and building professionals for their innovation,development,engineering,use of technology and economic impact on the surrounding area.
“It is an honor to receive this award for the Vidanta Theater,” stated Ivan Chavez,executive vice president of Grupo Vidanta. “We are proud to help promote greater tourism for our country by showcasing the natural and architectural wealth available in Mexico.”
The 2,500-square-meter theater is truly a marvel of engineering and design,blending seamlessly with the natural beauty of the Mexican Caribbean Sea and Mayan jungle to create a truly unique visitor experience. Its shape resembles a giant palapa,while a stunning cenote and palm trees surrounds the entire theater. Local wood was used to create the pergolas and a variety of decorative elements found throughout the theater,while the furnishings and design boasts a traditional Mexican flare that is intended to help transport visitors into the magical setting where the Joyá performance takes place. The theater houses 600 seats and also has distinct dining and champagne areas,as well as two bars and two lounges.
Since launching in November of 2014,the theater has consistently operated at near capacity for every performance and provides permanent employment for 284 people. The building phase of the project was completed in just 18 months and generated an additional 250 jobs during construction.
Cirque du Soleil is also partnering with Grupo Vidanta to open a second first-of-its-kind immersive theme park experience about 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The “uniquely intimate theatrical and culinary experience” will be located in the planned residential resort of Nuevo Vallarta and will include an outdoor evening show to entertain up to 5,000 spectators,as well as a rumored water park and nature park.