The ‘Stage@Leeds’ provides a range of facilities for the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. Located on the main city campus, the new building provides a main theatre for public performances, smaller teaching theatre, full back-of-house facilities, front-of-house multi-media entrance foyer and atrium, general teaching space, faculty offices and staff areas. The distinctive design concept for the building takes its inspiration from the Victorian Street patterns previously present on site and utilises a strong linear theme on the external facade.
The use of dark coloured cladding, set against the adjacent glazed entrance/atrium space, works to create a sense of drama and makes a prominent architectural contribution to the campus and wider city.
The project was a winner at the Leeds Architecture Awards for New Building and was also short-listed for the 2008 RIBA Awards.
Awards : Winner Leeds Architecture Awards - New Building 2009