Space Dundee Dance Theatre Building

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Dance Space, Dundee, East Scotland

Scottish Dance Theatre, Tayside design by Nicoll Russell Studios, east Scotland

post updated 26 Apr 2021

Dundee College

Date built: 2002-03

Architects: Nicoll Russell Studios

Photographs: Keith Hunter Photography

The Space, Dundee Dance Theatre
photograph © Keith Hunter

The Space Dundee

Nicoll Russell Studios design in Tayside Dance Studios Dundee
images © Keith Hunter from Nicoll Russell Studios

The Space Theatre & Dance Facility
Dundee College, Scotland

The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, or The Space as it is better known, was the first of three Scottish Arts Council funded projects which the practice won in the late 1990’s. They were each a continuation of the themes explored by Dundee Rep which collectively contributed to the blossoming of Scotland’s arts scene at that time.

The Space Theatre The Space Theatre Dundee The Space Dundee The Space Dundee College
photos from Nicoll Russell Studios

They all sought to be a shop window for the arts and to inspire, but The Space lifts those themes virtually to an obsession, where each stair, corridor or landing is considered as an opportunity to catalyze the artistic use of that area and to make the visitor ‘jump for joy’. Architecturally the auditorium is revealed as a blue black concrete core at the heart of the building around which is wrapped a ‘thin gauze’ dividing it from a street linking separate administration, and rehearsal buildings. Three dance studios sit on a podium of support accommodation overlooking parkland to the west with a wave like roof floating overhead.

The lecturers and students of Dundee College’s new School have enthusiastically embraced The Space as their home and have used virtually every space from the shower rooms to the brise soleil for promenade performances. It has become an extremely popular multiuse venue and a flagship for the College which has attracted students from near and afar.

The Space Dundee images / information from Nicoll Russell Studios

Dundee College wished to build on the successful establishment of foundation training in Theatre Arts & Contemporary Dance by developing both its training opportunities and its work in the broader Arts Community.
The various dance and theatre arts classes were dispersed throughout Dundee College’s various buildings and even outwith with College.

Dundee College Space Theatre Scottish Dance Theatre in Tayside design Nicoll Russell Studios, Architects Dundee Space
photos from Nicoll Russell Studios

The Space Dundee architects : Nicoll Russell Studios

Location: Dundee, Tayside, eastern Scotland

Dundee Architecture

Dundee Architecture Designs – chronological list

The Space was honoured with an RIBA Award in 2002

The Space

Scottish School of Contemporary Dance : more info re this Dundee Building

Dundee Buildings – Selection

Maggies Dundee

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Preceding Dance Space Dundee was Malcolm Fraser’s Dance Base, Edinburgh

Byre Theatre

Dundee Rep Theatre

Scottish School of Contemporary Dance Dundee : RIBA Award 2003

Dundee House
Design: Reiach and Hall Architects
Dundee House civic offices building
image © Dave Morris
Dundee Council Offices Building

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Interactive Hub for RIAS Tayside
image courtesy of architects
Interactive Hub for RIAS Dundee

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