There is a new candidate for the accolade of Most Beautiful Opera House in the World.
Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
“The whole concept and delivery of a demountable structure to achieve an inspiring building pushes conventional boundaries of procurement, design and construction in many ways”.
2012 BCI Best Project Award Citation
For the 2011 season, Garsington Opera’s seasonal auditorium moved to a new home at Wormsley in the Chiltern Hills. This gave the company an opportunity to make an architectural statement and provide technical and visitor facilities as professional as the performances for which Garsington Opera is renowned.
While outdoor, temporary and fabric are words not normally associated with outstanding acoustics, Robin Snell and Sound Space Design’s scheme for the Garsington Opera pavilion sets new standards for unamplified outdoor acoustics providing a richer experience for the performers and patrons.
The auditorium has been designed to provide acoustical resonance and envelopment not normally associated with fabric structures. Research into the fundamental acoustic properties of fabrics allowed Sound Space Design the opportunity to maximize reverberance and strength in the auditorium and to provide a strong sound and support to the singers on stage.
An innovative roof system developed by SSD and Snell Associates reduces intrusion from rain noise. All of this in a structure which can be demounted and stored for 9 months each autumn.