The Young Vic Theatre

Architect:
Haworth Tompkins Architects
Completed:
2006
Awards:
The British Construction Industry 2008 Building Award; Full Award: Civic Trust Awards, Newcastle Upon Tyne 2008; The RIBA London Building of the Year Award and an RIBA National Award 2007; Certificate of Merit from the Structural Steel Design Awards and Highly Commended for ICE; London Merit Award 2007; Shortlisted for the LEAF New Build of the Year Award and the Stirling Prize 2007
Categories:
Arts + Leisure, New Build, Refurbishment, London
Photography:
Philip Vile, John Rich

The Young Vic Theatre was originally completed in 1970 as a temporary structure on a bomb site. It was built to bring classical and contemporary theatre to young people, using theatre-in-the-round. Technically there were grave problems of lack of thermal and acoustic insulation, poor space planning and lack of flexibility in the main auditorium. The competition entry aimed to maintain the aura of the theatre, whilst significantly improving the quality of the spaces, the working conditions for the company, and the flexibility of the types of shows that could be put on.