RIBA Award

Royal Court Theatre, London | Haworth Tompkins Architects

Built in 1888 as a Victorian playhouse, the Royal Court has come to represent both risk and continuity in British theatre, a radical tradition of contemporary work performed in historic space. The remodelling and refurbishment sought both to reflect this balance and to reinforce the theatre's cultural and physical sense of place. The approach was partly archaeological, uncovering hidden layers of the buildings fabric and deciding what should be changed and what left exposed as evidence of a rich past, and partly invasive, demolishing, extending and reconfiguring the space to provide better facilities, improved access and more space. 

Source: Haworth Tompkins Architects