The Shed @ London

Architecture firm Haworth Tompkins has installed a bright red auditorium amongst the brutalist concrete of London’s National Theatre

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Haworth Tompkins designed The Shed as a monolithic red box, entirely clad with rough-sawn timber boards. This material references the board-formed concrete of Denys Lasdun’s celebrated 1970s National Theatre and was intended by the architects to appear as its opposite.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Four towering chimneys rise up from the corners, helping to draw air through the structure using a stack-effect system of natural ventilation. These chimneys were also planned as a reference to the architecture of the theatre and they mimic the angular geometry of its riverside facade.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

A temporary foyer is created beneath the existing balconies and leads straight through into the 225-seat auditorium.

The Shed at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Reclaimed chairs provide all of the seating inside the building, while recycled materials were used for all of the cladding and surfaces.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

“This collaboration has been a wonderful opportunity to explore the ways in which temporary public buildings can alter our perceptions of places and organisations,” said practice director Steve Tompkins. “We hope The Shed will be seen as a playful but thoughtful building, both challenging and complementary to the permanent cultural architecture.”

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Above: photograph is by Philip Vile

The auditorium will remain in place for a year, temporarily replacing the Cottesloe Theatre room while it undergoes a renovation.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Above: photograph is by Philip Vile

Other temporary theatres created recently include one made from scaffolding and plastic pond liner in southern England and one in Estonia made from straw bales. See more theatres on Dezeen.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

See more architecture by Haworth Tompkins, including the new home for print-making and photography at the Royal College of Art.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Photography is by Hélène Binet, apart from where otherwise stated.

SHED at the National Theatre by Haworth Tompkins

Above: photograph is by Philip Vile

 via: http://www.dezeen.com/

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