The Open Air Theatre is located in the grounds of Regent’s Park. For 15 weeks each summer the outdoor theatre blossoms into life to play to audiences of over 1,200 people each night.
We have recently secured planning permission for the next phase of improvements to the theatre’s facilities. This includes a new rehearsal studio, upgraded kitchen facilities, offices and landscape enhancements wrapped with a blackened timber box.
The magic of the theatre’s woodland setting is reinforced by the recessive language of the new building, which has been designed to blur the distinction between building and landscape. The new structure is surrounded by mature trees, and reads as a natural extension to the existing buildings along the edge.
The new building is split into two distinct parts with the kitchen and office space wrapping around the main space, a double height rehearsal studio.
The new buildings will be constructed from a prefabricated cross laminated timber panel system. This lightweight structure can be erected quickly (during the winter season when the Theatre is closed) and requires relatively small foundations – minimising the impact on neighbouring tree roots. Externally the buildings will be clad in a band of dark stained larch at the base, with a crown of textured cladding at higher levels.
Work will start on site in Autumn 2017.
The studio space is the second of our projects at the theatre. In 2016 Reed Watts completed a new dry store, a cover to the scenery dock and new landscape connections to the bar area.
Model Photos: Ben Tynegate