BENNETTS ASSOCIATES ADDS PRE-RUSTED STEEL BOX TO LONDON’S SHAFTESBURY THEATRE

Bennetts Associates has developed a notable theater in London’s West End, including a serrated box produced using weathering steel on top of the rooftop (+ slideshow).

The fly tower augmentation shapes the delegated piece in a three-year-long and £5 million expansion of the Grade II-recorded Shaftesbury Theater, which extends the venue’s capacities furthermore makes new office spaces.

The theater’s current timber-confined fly tower – used to suspend props on gear over the stage – was not able manage the specialized requests of extensive scale preparations.

Bennetts Associates formulated the 10-meter-tall expansion to bolster weights of up to 35 tons, permitting the theater to be more aggressive with its arranging.

The unmistakable saw-tooth structure is intended to oblige windows and smoke vents, in addition to other things. Segments of weathering steel clad the structure, giving it a blazed orange shading that references the exteriors of neighboring structures.”A state of the art building fit for large scale musicals was required to ensure the theatre’s long term viability,” said the London-based firm.

“The serrated shape of the new fly tower box forms a dramatic angular volume on the skyline and is fabricated from panels of weathering steel, complementing both the terracotta and the adjoining building’s faience and brickwork.”

Inside, new workplaces straddle the stage on four steel segments, lodging the theater’s organization and creation group. This arranges for space for changing areas in different parts of the building and permits the organization to surrender office space it was compelled to lease close-by.

The original Renaissance-style building was designed by renowned theatre architect Bertie Crewe in 1911 and was the first steel-framed playhouse in London. It features ornate stonework, a turret and an auditorium with an openable rolling roof.

According totheatre chief executive James Williams:

“Whilst maintaining the grace and beauty of the Shaftesbury we now have a contemporary addition that enhances the facilities of the theatre, giving us the capacity to accommodate the increasing demands of productions.”

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While fly towers were traditionally disguised within the bulk of theatres buildings – like in the original Shaftesbury Theatre – the Brutalist style that developed in Britain during the 1950s brought a new trend for leaving these technical elements exposed.

The twin fly towers that protrude above the concrete terraces of the Denys Lasdun-designed Royal National Theatre on London’s South Bank are a key example of this emerging style. The theatre was completed in the mid 1970s, two decades on from the design of the Barbican arts centre by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon.

Here, the theatre’s concrete fly tower is more tentatively concealed from the exterior by a glass conservatory, but a rugged bush-hammered finish is left bare on the inside and provides grip for climbing plants.

Bennetts Associates is currently working on a number of theatre projects, including proposals for London’s Old Vic, The Chester Theatre and Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre

Source: http://www.dezeen.com/2016/04/13/shaftesbury-theatre-weathering-steel-fly-tower-extension-bennetts-associates-london/

 

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