Box-in-box’ Concert Hall, Theatre and More Beneath 30 Storeys of Apartments
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama offers world-class teaching and performance facilities to some of the world’s most talented music and drama students. State-of-the-art performance and teaching spaces including a 608-seat concert hall, a 227 seat traditional proscenium arch theatre, a studio theatre, rehearsal rooms and a TV studio suite.
The Guildhall School of Music and Drama occupies the six lower storeys of a 36-storey residential tower known as ‘The Heron’. In order to realise the artistic aspirations of the School, the structure had to accommodate the large performance spaces and support the residential part of the building. This multi-use approach helped secure funding for the project.
As part of the design concept, the foyer and circulation spaces are open to the outside bringing life to the area and countering the lack of daylight in internal and basement spaces. A glazed atrium dissects the School and is used as a major circulation space.