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I spent yesterday with some good friends on Southbank in the sunshine, and came across this bright new addition to the National Theatre by Denys Lasdun. Haworth Tompkins have added a new temporary theatre space in London Bus red, the perfect compliment to the raw concrete decks of the NT. Just as the fly tower of Lasdun’s theatre is expressed as a concrete cube, the 4 tall corner chimneys of the new form provide natural stack ventilation. The horizontal timber boarding echoes the shuttered concrete of the permanent theatre, and the simple robust form borrows from the blocky form of the parent building. The interior looks interesting too, so hopefully I can get some tickets for a show very soon!

Here’s a link to some of the architect’s press images; http://www.dezeen.com/2013/04/06/the-shed-at-the-national-theatre-by-haworth-tompkins/

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Another temporary project I chanced upon recently is The Filling Station by Carmody Groarke; a temporary restaurant and events space. A derelict petrol station has been transformed with the addition of a new enclosure of translucent fibreglass. The station kiosk has been simply refurbished as a bar and restaurant, while the forecourt canopy forms a covered, external event space. I’m a bit late to the party with this one, as it was completed this time last year.

Here’s a link to the architect’s website; http://www.carmodygroarke.com/project/all/filling-station.html

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