Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

July 8, 2011 Filed under: 1990s, Culture, Leisure by Sanna Fisher-Payne Comments Off

Placed 44th in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
Architect Ingrid Brooke Barnett selects the "very special place" that is the £200m renovation of the Royal Opera House

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.

Ingrid Brooke-Barnett is a senior architect at Wilkinson Eyre and has many years experience of working on complex, large scale projects like ROH,AELTC, Frameworks for Cross Rail Over Site Developments and Royal Mail She also was on the BBC framework to deliver projects for BBC TV and Radio.