Royal Festival Hall Revival
Royal Festival Hall, Allies & Morrison Architects, 2007. Copyright © Peter Cook.
21 June - 14 October 2007
V&A + RIBA Architecture Gallery (Room 128a)
As the Royal Festival Hall reopens after a closure period of two years, many people will be eager to see what has happened to this much-loved place. This exhibition reveals how this landmark building has been painstakingly refocused to meet the demands of the next 50 years as a world-class concert venue and a vibrant public arena for the arts.
Allies and Morrison, architects of the current refurbishment project, are passionate admirers of the 1951 design and have taken care to respectfully locate these radical changes within the context of the original building. The thinking behind their work is revealed in models, drawings and photographs.
The newly completed project has enabled many of the original aspirations for the Royal Festival Hall to be achieved. This includes improving the natural acoustics of the auditorium as well as re-establishing the promenade through its accessible open foyers by clearing away the clutter that had obscured the generosity of these fine spaces.
Curated by Diane Haigh of Allies and Morrison with Eleanor Gawne of the RIBA Trust.