Royal Opera House Open Up

More welcoming, transparent and permeable than ever

RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House.
RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House. Credit: Nick Hufton

London Regional Award 2019

Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House
Contract value: Undisclosed
GIA: 3862m2

After three years of construction, the ROH is more welcoming, transparent and permeable than ever. The extended and enhanced multi-level public foyer that links new transparent entrances on Covent Garden Piazza and Bow Street is 50% larger, drawing the public in. These interlinked public spaces have become a lively daytime venue. The cleverly planned lobby en-route to the Linbury Theatre creates a combined staircase and double height performance space that gives new life to the reception with visual links to Bow Street while creating a new union with the main opera house. The 400 seat Linbury Theatre, meanwhile, replaces the old studio theatre, becoming an important ‘other’ venue for opera and ballet; intimate, technologically advanced and beautifully detailed. The latest work creates a new public face for this great institution, becoming a significant part of the Royal Opera House’s aim to make opera and ballet available to everyone.

  • RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House.
    RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House. Credit: Nick Hufton
  • RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House.
    RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House. Credit: Nick Hufton
  • RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House.
    RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House. Credit: Nick Hufton
  • RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House.
    RIBA Regional Awards 2019 London West. Royal Opera House. Stanton Williams for the Royal Opera House. Credit: Nick Hufton
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