The Royal Opera House is a fascinating and complex building which now provides a world class home for world class opera and ballet. Designed by BDP with Dixon Jones the project involved a restoration and refurbishment of the existing auditorium and foyers and Floral Hall, improvements to back of house production and new accommodation for the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet companies.
A second auditorium, the Linbury studio, was created for a variety of smaller scale productions which has proved to be hugely popular with its audiences.
The companies now enjoy state of the art rehearsal spaces and ballet studios and visitors can enjoy the new restaurants and bars. The House now connects with the vibrant Covent Garden piazza bringing the public into informal contact with its activities and I am nominating this project as I think the design team rose to the numerous challenges and created a very special place for everybody to enjoy.