Scottish Opera unveil Theatre Royal extension
February 2 2015
Developed by Page\Park Architects on behalf of Scottish Opera the drum-shaped addition wraps around a double cantilever enclosing a custom built spiral staircase which rises through the full height of the interior.
More than just a pretty face this façade incorporates a ventilation system, freeing up the ceiling, to open up interior spaces in a hi-tech take on Richard Rogers work on the Pompidou Centre. Jamie Hamilton, Page\Park’s depute of creative workspace, told Urban Realm:
“The fins on each of the structural bays and intermediate bays are hollow with grilles at the base to draw air up and through via a motorised louver and the stack effect.
“There is also a heater hidden inside and they double as a drinks booth to observe the street. You make the most of the space because you’re not hiding anything in the ceiling.”
A full review of the new-look Theatre will appear in the Spring edition of Urban Realm.
Theatre goers can take advantage of a rooftop terrace to soak in skyline views during refreshment breaks
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