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The Young Vic Theatre

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. 

Structural engineering by Jane Wernick Associates, now part of engineersHRW.

VIL 7475
VIL 7070
VIL 7100
Southwark, London, UK
Haworth Tompkins
Philip Vile
Civic Trust Award, Winner, British Construction Industry - Building Award, Winner, RIBA - London Building of the Year, Winner, RIBA - National Awards, Winner, Structural Steel Design Awards - Certificate of Merit, Winner, Leaf Awards - Building of the Year, Shortlisted, RIBA - Stirling Prize, Finalist