Architecture studio Haworth Tompkins has designed a new home for Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre, built from 25,000 reclaimed bricks and over 100 sunshades.
Previously housed in a nineteenth-century chapel, the new 400 seat auditorium has now officially opened as part of the highly adaptable, multipurpose theatre complex.
Bricks from the original building have been incorporated into the new structure, featuring primarily in the main wall between the auditorium and the surrounding foyer.
Externally, local red brick was selected for the walls and four large ventilation stacks, giving the building a distinct silhouette and linking it back to the neighbouring architecture.
Another unique feature of the theatre’s façade is a large public art display made up of 105 moveable metal sunshades.
The sunshades have each been etched with life-sized portraits of some Liverpool residents, courtesy of local photographer Dan Kenyon.
By making efficient use of the original site footprint and combining thermally massive construction with a series of natural ventilation systems and low energy technical infrastructures, Haworth Tompkins was also able to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the new urban theatre.