haworth tompkins: the shed at the london's national theatre
haworth tompkins: the shed at the london's national theatre haworth tompkins: the shed at the london's national theatre
mar 27, 2013
haworth tompkins: the shed at the london's national theatre

‘the shed’ by haworth tompkins, national theatre, southbank, london, england
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paddy dillon, lead architect at haworth tompkins, walked designboom through the firm’s latest dynamic project in the southbank center. ‘the shed‘ is a vibrant temporary performance space occupying a formerly unused plaza of london’s iconic national theatre. the ever-burgeoning artistic hub is in the midst of a redesigned masterplan, also by haworth tompkins, but for the next year its vibrant cousin will present new works of theater that are more ‘adventurous, ambitious and unexpected’ with an intensely hued architecture to match. 


lead architect paddy dillon speaks about the sustainable side of the project
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facing the river thames, the shed is characterized by its scale and incredible red skin. a steel frame skeleton braces layered plywood and insulation sheathing. recalling the board-marked concrete of the national theater, the space is then clad in stained, recyclable wooden planks that continue the subtle lines of its brutalist counterpart. four, chimney-like structures peer over the parapet of waterloo bridge and use stack effect to passively ventilate the interior. the space is intended to present new, more daring works of theater, expressed architectonically in the perfectly flexible, umbilical space. while the national theater is a historically protected structure, a translucent low-impact polycarbonate cafe uses an existing overhang to link the edifice to the national theater and to create a liminal entrance space and cafe for the shed. paddy dillon, lead architect for the shed, explained that ephemera and environmental responsibility were at the heart of the project. working inconjunction with theater consultants charcoalblue, the shed is the manifestation of joint view of architecture as event. the quieter power of the form lies in the underlying removal of a pretense that assumes cultural buildings must last forever. 

the shed mimics the brutalist concrete forms of the iconic national theater
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a ‘black box’ style interior belies the shed’s vibrant exterior
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