Heatherwick on shortlist to ‘open up’ Royal Opera House

Thomas Heatherwick has been shortlisted alongside six other designers and architects in a competition to ‘open up’ the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

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The ROH says it is running an invited architectural competition to make its street-level entrances ‘more open and tantalising’ and to make the work of the ROH more visible to the public.

Heatherwick Studio has been shortlisted for the work, alongside Amanda Levete Architects, Caruso St John Architects, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, Jamie Fobert Architects, Stanton Williams Architects and Witherford Watson Mann Architects.

Tony Hall, chief executive of the ROH, says, ‘The ROH is looking for the team who, if we can raise the funds needed to fulfil our shared ambitions, will create the next evolution of the building.

‘We are keen to investigate the possibilities of opening up our building even more.’

The winner will be announced in December and will work on a concept design, with this stage being funded by private supporters of ROH.

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