Liverpool Philharmonic

A joy of the new grows from appreciation of the original ideas

Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects.
Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects. Credit: Helene Binet

Caruso St John Architects for Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Contract value: £8.5m

GIA: 6,800m²

This grade II* auditorium building, designed by Herbert Rowse, has undergone a thoughtful, sensitive and welcome restoration. All the detail has been carefully researched and beautifully crafted in an exemplary job which resolves the building’s deficiencies in a manner that you feel Rowse would have enthusiastically approved of. What makes the project special is how a new creative force can contribute to the cultural value of the existing.

  • Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects.
    Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects. Credit: Helene Binet
  • Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects.
    Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects. Credit: Helene Binet
  • Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects.
    Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects. Credit: Helene Binet
  • Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects.
    Liverpool Philharmonic by Caruso St John Architects. Credit: Helene Binet
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Unusual skill and wit is needed to attach new variations set by the theme of the original. A positive ambiguity is achieved in which a joy of the new grows from appreciation of the original ideas and a wish to extrapolate them into a new era. It is an elaboration and amplification achieved with subtlety and confidence.

See the RIBA Journal's review of Liverpool Philharmonic