world stage design 2013

Architecture - João Pedro Barbosa, Bruno Barbosa and Shamsudin Kerimov
Competition - World Stage Design 2013 (The Sustainable Theatre)
Location - Lieu, Great Britain

The challenge launched by the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama was to design a temporary sustainable exterior theatre located in the Anthony Hopkins Centre courtyard.
The AHC surroundings and its historical heritage were the starting points of our proposal. Beginning with homage to Sir Anthony Hopkins, we used a 1990´s “ Desperate Hours” movie still, an image from a movie of the same year that Sir Anthony Hopkins helped funding the transformation of the old stable mews in to a rehearsal studio. This image is the foundation of our intervention. From this same historical fixture, the stable mews we reinterpret the hay bales and transform them in construction materials. The next step was to link the concept to the building surroundings. For this we used the vegetation characteristics semblance to implant the Hopkins Structured Theatre in the courtyard. This complex but simple abstract structure merges the courtyard with the local atmosphere. In the interior we have a simple and effective design, which allows both a good performance and a good ambient to the spectators.
At the end Hopkins Structured Theatre is a unique sustainable intervention, based in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama history but at the same time evokes the uniqueness and fantasy of the contemporary college ambitions.