The new extension is conceived as a classically proportioned modernist metaphor of the existing proportions of St Peter’s massing. The ‘box in box’ detailing of the main rehearsal hall at first floor level and the brick massing of the elevation base conceal voluminous spaces internally to allow daylight penetration via continuous glass roof lights, and for the rear Grade II listed façade to be on full view from within offering privacy to the neighbouring buildings. The internal activities of the Hallé, with expanses of glazing are restricted to overlooking Cutting Room Square, therefore offering a ‘front of house’ façade to the general public with wonderful private ‘back of house’ private activity within the extension walls.
RIBA Competitions 2016
winner - community unbuilt