Editor’s pickWood Awards 2018 shortlist: Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall

09-11-2018
Wood Awards 2018 shortlist,Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall

Shortlisted in the Education & Public Sector of the Wood Awards 2018, the Royal Academy of Music Theatre and Angela Burgess Recital Hall. Capable of sitting 309, the Susie Sainsbury Theatre now forms the heart of the Academy. Made of American cherry and European oak and inspired by the curved shapes of string instruments, it has been acoustically refined to deliver excellent sound qualities. Each acoustic treatment has its own graded detailing to blend the sound in all directions.

Above the Theatre, the 100-seat Angela Burgess Recital Hall provides 230m² of additional space for student rehearsals, public performances and recordings.

The Theatre is designed to be intimate and epic whereas the Recital Hall is a tranquil, calming and visually cool, reflected with the pale, lime-washed European oak it is entirely lined. Woven into the design are structural elements reminiscent of string instruments; through an aperture of finely tuned ‘strings’, an oak-lined oculus floods the space with daylight and provides a central focus.

 

Architects: Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd

 

All images are credited to AHEC