Architect: Sarah Wigglesworth
Audio-described architecture tour for the London Festival of Architecture 2008, led by VocalEyes Describer Bridget Crowley with Sarah Wigglesworth who designed the building, and Siobhan Davies.
The inspiration for the design of the studios came from thinking about how both dancers and architects use their bodies to describe space, and how the body has always been a scale by which we measure space.
The approach was to use the robustness of the old building as a ‘ground’ for making quite radical changes and adding new elements that were a complete contrast to the old.
The main staircase is hung from the roof, its tensioned cables stretched like tendons as they hover over the concrete ground and the changing rooms are like cocoons from which ordinary people emerge as dancers.