England’s largest publicly funded theater had
to shut down one of its three auditoriums for
a yearlong renovation. ;e project sponsor—the
National ;eatre in London—didn’t want to halt
performances for an entire season, however. It
needed a temporary replacement.
In 2012, the National tasked Haworth Tompkins,
the London-based architecture ;rm designing the
renovation, with building an interim on-site structure
by 2013, when the permanent space would close.
With just one year and a £ 1. 2 million budget
to build a theater that could seat at least 225 people—the minimum number of ticket sales to meet
the venue’s operational costs—the project team
couldn’t a;ord to linger with the concept, design,
procurement and construction phases.
“If we tried to go through the usual linear process—come up with a concept, draw up a brief, get
input from writers and producers, ;ag any potential
di;culties, plan more, make revisions, etc.—there’s
BY MEREDITH LANDRY
With little time or
money to construct
a theater, a project
team had to adapt to
all too well.
PHO TO BY PHILIP VILE, COUR TESY OF THE NA TIONAL THEA TRE