Winner Hadrian Awards 2007
Project: Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne
Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architect
Client: Dance City
Photo: Morley Von Sternberg
Dance City's Studios, Dance:Lab Theatre, teaching spaces and offices for Dance organisations are arranged around the drama of a Social atrium: the building and dance community's creative focus. A cafe sits off at the front door, looking out over the new urban square, and a spiral of gathering spaces rise up from it around the main Social Space, acting as individual focuses for the whole building's constituent parts. Big, cellular spaces - Studios and Theatre - are contained in heavyweight diaphragm-brick box wings, with the flexible and open plan administration spaces in a complementary frame and glass L-shaped one.