Open Door: Bristol Old Vic

Open Door, a partnership between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and British Council, is designed to promote and celebrate outstanding conservation work by emerging architects in mainland China and in the UK.

Bristol Old Vic – Bristol, England
Haworth Tompkins
Category 2: Heritage buildings built before 1901

This is a bold reinvention of one of Bristol’s most loved theatres, to bring it to relevance for the city today. It addresses how we read cities and how we choose to make connections both physical and relational. Through revealing and flooding daylight upon the previously hidden Georgian hulk of the theatre, the public is cleverly drawn in from the street, with promise of discovery.

The Open Door project is aimed at architects who have been qualified for 10 years or less. It highlights the best of recent architectural heritage projects and the environmental and cultural benefits of building conservation. It also aims to foster knowledge sharing between expert practitioners in both countries, facilitating future UK-China dialogue on architecture and design.

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