The winner of the RIBA London Award 2019 and RIBA National Award 2019
The Royal Opera House designed by Stanton Williams has won two RIBA Awards! The project has won the RIBA London Award 2019 and the RIBA National Award 2019 for its ‘Open Up’ project.
The Open Up project was a three-year venture that aimed to make the Royal Opera House more welcoming, transparent and permeable. During the renovation, various internal rooms were removed to open up the internal space which resulted in a more open-plan environment. The entrances to the Opera House were made more inviting on the Covent Garden Piazza and Bow Street to help draw in new audiences.
At the top of the building, a new public restaurant and bar were designed, offering stunning views across Covent Garden. IQ Projects were commissioned to design and install various glazing to the upper floor including; single glazed sliding windows, rooflights, oriel box windows and bespoke steel framed screens and doors. The new restaurant design was shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2019 for the innovative design that connects the diners to the terrace and the spirit of the performances.
The Open Up project marries architecture and the atmosphere of the Royal Opera House while providing leading opera and ballet companies with an outstanding venue. The venue now provides guest companies with new opportunities to inspire its audiences. Stanton Williams worked closely with the client to design one of the most technologically advanced performance spaces in the UK’s capital, incorporating a high degree of flexibility with the latest technology, including state of the art variable acoustic tuning.
Read the Royal Opera House case study here.