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Sadler’s Wells Dance Theatre

This is a welcoming and highly functional building and unique resource for dance, with a new, adaptable 550-seat theatre designed for mid-scale dance productions and flexible spaces for research, development and production of dance work. It will include a choreographic centre and a hip hop academy: the first of their kind in the country. Learning and engagement programmes will offer opportunities for audiences, participants, artists and local communities.

A community dance area in the foyer is designed for informal rehearsals and performances. Our early concept sketches (below) show the foyer wrapping around, addressing and opening onto key public spaces.

Stratford Waterfront - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
51°32'26.6"N 0°00'43.6"W
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Located at the southern gateway to Stratford Waterfront, Sadler’s Wells East will be a welcoming and functional building. An L-shaped public ‘living room’ foyer will wrap around the building, opening out onto the F10 bridge and the Podium arrival. Fully glazed, the foyer will be home to a café, bar, box office and community dance area with views out towards the outside performance space.

A new sculptural stairway will lead down from the F10 bridge to Carpenters Road, where the Stage Door will be located.

The public consultations reflected the desire for the building to reflect the industrial heritage of the site and nearby locations like Hackney Wick and Fish Island. In response we have designed saw-tooth style rooflines that take inspiration from local warehouses and factories. These are used in the design to flood the rehearsal studios with lots of natural light and air. Brick, concrete and hardwood floors will create an industrial feel, while large windows will offer views into the life of the building, as well as out across the Park.


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