Lightroom King’s Cross, London Theatre Company building design, 59 Productions venue, English architecture

Lightroom London King’s Cross

23 February 2023

Lightroom, Haworth Tompkins’ new venue, opens with David Hockney exhibition

Design: HaworthTompkins

Address: 12 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4DY, UK

Lightroom London King’s Cross

Photos by Philip Vile, unless noted otherwise

Lightroom London King’s Cross News

Haworth Tompkins has completed a new immersive venue in London’s King’s Cross, capable both of exhibiting and provoking innovative digital work. A collaboration with performance design specialists 59 Productions in partnership with London Theatre Company, Lightroom is envisaged as a sister space to the Bridge Theatre, also by Haworth Tompkins.

Lightroom London King’s Cross

The project has required a very high degree of technical coordination and careful acoustic design to ensure that the space can respond to successive artists’ imaginations and allow maximum creative possibility.

David Hockney Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away):
David Hockney Bigger & Closer
photo : Justin Sutcliffe

At its heart is a huge, subterranean exhibition volume (18.5W x 26L x 12H metres) with a capacity of up to 380 people in promenade. State of the art sound and projection systems enable artists to transform the space, which is approached gradually via linear acclimatisation zones from the arrival foyer and bar at street level on Lewis Cubitt Square. A large graphic sign announces Lightroom to the square within the larger context of the host building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris.

Lightroom London King’s Cross

The foyer interior uses a similar visual language to the Bridge, with warm timber floors, a cloud of paper lanterns, a central timber staircase down to the show space and in this case a dramatic, copper coloured wall to signify the exhibition room beyond. Themes of compression, provisionality and contrasting light levels have been consistent explorations for Haworth Tompkins since the Royal Court in 2000, the studio’s first completed performance venue.

David Hockney Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away):
David Hockney Bigger & Closer
photo : Fred Howarth

Richard Slaney, CEO, Lightroom said:
“It’s been incredible to work with Haworth Tompkins on this project. Combining their deep architectural knowledge, meaningful sustainable outlook and beautiful material sensibility, with the story-focussed and technically inventive design team at 59, has resulted in a space I cannot wait to welcome our audience into.”

Lightroom London King’s Cross

Roger Watts, director Haworth Tompkins said:
“Working alongside 59 Productions for the first time and with our old friends at the London Theatre Company has been a wonderful adventure for the studio. Technically, the space is deceptively complex, but architecturally our task has been to design a new kind of cultural space for digital art: light-footed, highly adaptable and stripped back to its essential components. Seeing David Hockney’s opening show in the space is a powerful demonstration of Lightroom’s possibilities”

David Hockney Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away):
David Hockney Bigger & Closer
photo : Justin Sutcliffe

Lightroom King’s Cross London – Building Information

Address: 12 Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4DY
Clients: London Theatre Company and 59 Productions

HT Project team: Diana Fox, Jason McKay, Simon Ricketts, Alexia Soteriou, Roger Watts
Structural Engineer: Momentum
Services Engineer: Cundall
Project Manager: Bristow Consulting
Quantity Surveyor: Bristow Consulting

Contractor: Borras Construction
Fire Consultants: OFR Consultants
Approved Inspector: AIS Chartered Surveyors
Acoustics: Cundall/Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Catering: Keith Winton Design
Foyer Lighting: Static Light Company

Haworth Tompkins

Lightroom London King’s Cross

Haworth Tompkins

Founded in 1991, Haworth Tompkins has steadily built an international reputation for theatre design, winning the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best UK building of the year with the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, being part of the Gold Award winning UK team at the Prague Quadrennial and exhibiting theatre work at the Venice Biennale.

Performance projects include the Royal Court, the Young Vic Theatre (shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007), the Royal National Theatre, the Bridge Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Battersea Arts Centre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & Snape Maltings Concert Hall. Other notable projects include Kingston School of Art, Royal College of Art, The London Library and Pembroke College Cambridge.

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In 2019 Haworth Tompkins co-founded the Architects Declare movement in response to the environmental emergency, now over 7000 organisations strong in 29 countries around the world. In the same year the studio became an Employee Ownership Trust and in 2022 a certified B Corporation to make a publicly accountable and auditable commitment to regenerative practice and social purpose. Haworth Tompkins was named UK Practice of the Year at the AJ100 awards in both 2020 and 2022.

Photographs: Philip Vile

Location: 12 Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4DY, England, United Kingdom

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