Winner: Royal Academy of Music – Theatre and new Recital Hall by Ian Ritchie Architects
Image Credit: Adam Scott
Hidden behind the listed facade of the Royal Academy of Music’s Edwardian premises, surrounded by Grade I and Grade II listed buildings and located in the Regent’s Park conservation area, two distinct, outstanding performance spaces have been seamlessly integrated within the historic site.
The Theatre, designed for both opera and musical theatre productions, now forms the heart of the Academy. The Recital Hall created above it, exploiting the last major area into which the Academy could expand, provides state-of-the-art recording facilities, completing a suite of facilities for the Academy’s ambitious student body and worldclass teaching staff and for public performances.
Ian Ritchie Architects was tasked with designing a theatre for students and the public’s enjoyment of performances, while delivering the ambience, aesthetics and the environmental credentials befitting the Academy’s status as one of the world’s premiere musical academies.
Beyond the brief, Ian Ritchie Architects explored the potential of creating new rooftop spaces over the theatre. An epiphany during a discussion between the principal and Ian Ritchie led to the development of a new 100-seat Recital Hall and an additional recording facility.
In designing the new spaces, the practice took inspiration from string instruments: their curved shapes, their construction and tuning mechanisms, tension and tone, and the physical relationships between artist and instrument.
The judges said...
‘Beautiful and breathtaking halls… what more is there to say?’
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