Two Theatre Projects venues win USITT Architecture Awards

March 16, 2015

Two Theatre Projects facilities—The National Theatre of Bahrain and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court—were recently named winners of USITT’s 2015 Architecture Awards for exceptional performance spaces.

The National Theatre of Bahrain was named the recipient of USITT's 2015 Honor Award—their highest architectural award. The 12,000-square-metre theatre, which opened in 2012, includes a 750-seat auditorium for drama, small symphony concerts, conferences, jazz, and other amplified music events, and also features a flexible forestage and proscenium. The venue was a collaboration between Theatre Projects and Architecture-Studio.

Milton Court, the performing arts building at the Guildhall School of Music in London, received a USITT Merit Award. The state-of-the-art performance space was a joint collaboration with RHWL Architects and features a flexible 608-seat concert hall for the school, giving it the largest capacity of all the conservatoires in London. The hall can accommodate solo, chamber, orchestral and full-size symphony performances. The development also houses a multi-level 227-seat theatre, designed with a traditional proscenium arch and fully automated power flying.

With more than 40 awards, Theatre Projects has received more USITT awards than any other theatre consultant. 

USITT's Architecture Awards are chosen based on creativity, contextual resonance, functional operation, use of new technology, and community contribution.

The Architecture Commission will present the awards at the Annual Conference & Stage Expo March 18 to 21 in Cincinnati, USA.

Two Theatre Projects venues win USITT Architecture Awards
Credit: Girish Taraskar
Two Theatre Projects venues win USITT Architecture Awards
Credit: Morely von Sternberg/ RHWL Architects