The Shed at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins
The Shed is a temporary venue for the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.
Functioning as a third auditorium (the Cottesloe is closed for a year during the NT Future redevelopment), The Shed is designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects.
The artistic programme for The Shed, recently announced by the Director of the National Theatre, Nicholas Hytner, pushes creative boundaries, giving the National Theatre the opportunity to explore new ways of making theatre. In the same way, The Shed has been a test bed for experiment by the architectural design team.
Conceived by Haworth Tompkins and regular collaborators Charcoalblue, it was then designed and built in little more than a year, a collaborative process between the building designers, the National Theatre, and theatre-makers who will work in the space, in a way that more closely resembled a theatre show than a conventional construction project. Its temporary nature, building on Haworth Tompkins’ earlier temporary projects like the Almeida Theatre at Gainsborough Studios and King’s Cross, permits a structure that can be seen less as a building than as an event or arts installation – a vibrant intervention on London’s South Bank that will entrance, and sometimes bewilder, passers-by for a period of twelve months.
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