Park Theatre, London David Hughes Architects Studio 2 60 High Street Hampton Wick Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT1 4DB T 020 8977 8108 email@example.com www.dharchitects.co.uk Contact David Hughes Architect David Hughes Architects Client Park Theatre Architectural Lighting Design Hoare Lea Lighting Theatre Engineering Hall Stage Ltd p68 Photography Philip Vile
The conservation and extension of an office building has resulted in an outstanding theatre venue, comprising two playhouses (a 200-seat main house and a studio of 80 seats); a cafe/bar; a rehearsal space; dressing rooms; and back of house facilities. The dual level cafe-bar is connected by the atrium with a rooflight, which floods this space with daylight. A fully-glazed bay window floats over the pavement; regularly ‘dressed’ with graphics and projections, this has become the Park Theatre’s shop window. The interior is welcoming, with reclaimed furniture and theatre fittings – the ground-floor bar front, for example, is the auditorium entrance doors from the demolished Wallsend Theatre. The first floor bar is clad with show programmes and hanging from the ceiling are books from The British Drama League library. David Hughes Architects worked with Hoare Lea Lighting to develop a simple, but hugely effective, lighting strategy. Rooflights create light, airy spaces throughout and both theatres feature large skylights (blacked out for performances) to light the spaces during the day. LED house lighting, which can transform the colour of the theatre space, is incorporated.
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