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Original Everyman Theatre in Liverpool

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Building facade of the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, reconstructed by the architectural studio Haworth Tompkins, is decorated with a functional installation, composed of hundreds of images of simple residents of Liverpool in full growth. The original Everyman Theatre was erected in the center of Liverpool in the XIX century. It has appeared as a result of the reconstruction of the Church of Hope Hall, so that the modern building has deep historical roots.

Modern Reconstruction of Everyman Theatre in Liverpool

Everyman Theatre in Liverpool

Everyman Theatre in Liverpool

 

As time passed, the functional needs of the theater as a cultural center of the community grew: it needed the expansion of domestic space. And then the municipality has decided to carefully dismantle the old building of Everyman on Hope Street and build a new theater on its place. In order to make the object blend into the context ( buildings of XVIII-XIX centuries, including the local Catholic cathedral), the architects suggested to use the original red brick (about 25,000 units) and wood with truss roof structure.

An original easily discernible outline of the building is formed by four vent pipes, towering above the roof line of Liverpool. But these pipes are not the only find of the authors of the project. The main western facade is a functional art installation consisting of 105 mobile aluminum shutters with growth images of modern inhabitants of Liverpool. In fact, there is a group portrait of local theater community on the city background.

Such unique “snapshot” is  a merit of the photographer Dan Kenyon, artists Jake Tilson and Antoni Malinowski. Dan Kenyon developed the concept of graphic design installation. And the artists in addition painted ceilings in the foyer of the theater. Images are made ​​on metal etched anodized aluminum.

Among the main premises today there is a hall for 400 seats, small scene, rehearsal hall, foyer, exhibition gallery, bar and cafeteria, theater workshops, recording studio. Interior of public spaces (except stage) is organized as a series of mezzanine that provides a visual link between the different functional areas of the theater. The main materials, which were used in construction, are concrete, black metal, brick, wood (oak, iroko) and painted plywood.

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