Haworth Tompkins designed a temporary replacement for the Cottesloe Theater while it undergoes a year-long renovation at the National Theater in London. Filled with recycled seating and clad in rough-sawn timber that is 100-percent recyclable, The Shed stands in bold contrast with the surrounding concrete environment. And taking its sustainability one step further, the four corner chimneys cool the structure naturally through a stacked ventilation system.
The timber cladding references the original National Theater designed in the 1970s with board-formed concrete while the boxy geometry mimics the adjacent theater. But that’s where similarities between the temporary and fixed buildings end. Whereas the original theater is about as solid and stoic as architecture comes, The Shed plays a fleeting as Cottesloe gets a facelift.
The brooding interior was fitted with previously used seats and finished with rough steel and plywood, giving it an industrial chic atmosphere. And best of all, once its job at Theater Square is complete, this entire building can be dismantled and reused elsewhere – leaving behind virtually no waste. For more from Haworth Tompkins, check out this Dovecoat Studio.
Photography via Hélène Binet and Philip Vile