The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House
Dramatic Transformation at The Royal Opera House

Following a major transformation by architects Stanton Williams, The Royal Opera House celebrates the completion of the much anticipated ‘Open Up’ project. Over the past three years, the entrances and foyers of the Opera House have been reconfigured, a new café, restaurant and shop have been created and the Linbury Studio Theatre has undergone a stunning transformation to become the new Linbury Theatre, the west ends newest most intimate theatre. Remarkably, the whole building remained fully operational throughout the construction process. The Open Up project aims to make the Opera House a much more welcoming building, open every day from 10am with free events and unique front of house displays, transforming these dedicated new spaces and welcoming everyone to the Opera House.

Our role in this refurbishment has been to design a comprehensive lighting strategy for all areas; assimilating the client’s aspirations with the architect’s vision, whilst remaining sensitive to the history and architecture of the Grade I listed building and the surrounding area. Detailed lighting designs were developed for the new entrances and foyers, new café, new bar and Linbury Theatre, a new restaurant (designed with Studio Linse), a new retail outlet (designed with Drinkall Dean), and redesigned cloakrooms and toilets. A new lighting scheme was designed for the Paul Hamlyn Hall; once renowned as an exotic flower market and now a stunning reception space. StudioFractal also developed a sensitive exterior lighting scheme for Bow Street, Covent Garden Piazza & Retail Colonnade, Russell, Floral and James Street facades.

Photography of the Open Up Project supplied by The Royal Opera House, taken by Luke Hayes, Hufton+Crow and James Bellorini

Section visual - the Open Up Project, Royal Opera House, London (c) Stanton Williams