팬타입의 인상적인 외형으로 유니크한 건축환경을 연출하는 알렉산더 프린세스 오디토리움은 캠퍼스 내 학생들의 자유로운 교내활동은 물론 다양한 예술활동을 지원한다. 강가에 위치한 아카데미 블록 - 클래스룸과 댄스 및 드라마 그룹활동을 지원하는 다목적 실이 포함된- 과 주출입구를 공유하는 오디토리움의 플렉서블한 디자인은 800명의 효과적인 가시성 확보와 효과적인 소음차단은 물론 공연에 필요한 다양한 기자재를 프로그램에 따라 효율적으로 배치, 조닝 운영할 수 있도록 도와준다. 특히 팬타입의 외형적 특징은 공연장 내부에 자연채광을 유입, 조도를 확보하는 한편 캠퍼스 마스터플랜 내 독특한 아이콘을 형성하는 디자인 요소로 작용한다.
reviewed by SJ
Earlier this year Associated Architects completed the Princess Alexandra
auditorium, an integral part of their overall masterplan for the
school. The zinc clad performance hall won a 2013 RIBA North East award
and has become a thriving arts venue in the North East.
Structural Engineer: Shire Consulting
M&E Engineer: LEDA
Quantity Surveyor: LPS
Main Contractor: Miller Construction
Total Cost: £20m
A double-height entrance foyer, maximising stunning views of the River
Tees, connects the fan-shaped flexible auditorium, capable of seating up
to 800, to a new riverside academic block containing classrooms, and
multi-use dance and drama group activities spaces.
The flexibility of the Auditorium was achieved through the use of robust
acoustic separating constructions and specialist fit out equipment,
such as telescopic seating, an acoustically separating sliding
proscenium partition which divides the Auditorium and Stage Studio
Theatre into two independent teaching spaces, and an orchestra pit
elevator able to be set to various levels.
The masterplan site proved to be extremely sensitive, with listed
buildings, conservation areas, potential flooding, nationally
significant archaeology, protected species and asbestos, standing
between inception and completion. During all this, the careful
implementation of the phased works programme meant the school was able
to remain fully operational, even during construction operations.
The Princess Alexandra Auditorium, was unveiled by its namesake, who was
treated to a 15 minutes excerpt from Les Miserables, by students from
The Headmaster, Mr David Dunn, said: “We are extremely honoured to be
naming the auditorium after Princess Alexandra. It is most fitting that
Princess Alexandra, so well known for her support of the performing
arts, agreed to open the facility and gave the blessing for it to bear
Barbora Bott, Lead Architect on project said: “Although the site offered some interesting challenges, we’ve delivered a flexible design, that’s attractive as well as practical, providing students of Yarm School the facilities to realise their full potential.”
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