New images of 'Open Up' at the Royal Opera House

Stanton Williams has released new and updated visualisations of their designs for the ‘Open Up’ project at the Royal Opera House in London.

The ‘Open Up’ project’s principal objective is to transform the public’s experience of the Royal Opera House at its Covent Garden home. It will offer a series of legible and flexible spaces that can be inhabited and curated by the Royal Opera House and aims to bring a sense of the magic that is created each night on stage to the public areas.

A new glazed extension and entrance on Bow Street will provide passers-by with a clear view of the activities taking place inside. An improved entrance onto the Covent Garden Piazza with additional foyer space will present and display the work of the Royal Opera House and encourage visitors to enjoy the building throughout the day as well as the evening.

The project includes a second theatre for the Royal Opera House within the shell of the Linbury Studio Theatre. The brief is to create a space that has warmth, comfort, and a distinct character, adaptable to different staging formats.

Stanton Williams’ design will bring it to the fore as a world class mid-scale theatre and an artistic laboratory for both the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera Companies. Stanton Williams were appointed by the Royal Opera House in February 2013. The project is currently on site, while the building remains operational. Phase 1 (conversion of basement into restrooms) will open to the public tomorrow (20 October 2016) and works are due to complete in 2018.