Our project for Scottish Opera to build new foyers onto its Glasgow home, the Theatre Royal, has opened its doors. First observations suggest the ambition to create a seamless and comfortable journey from street to seat worked as the building was first tested by a performance with an audience of over a thousand. Cafe, box office and bars are up and running and with daytime opening, the next challenge is to test how the venue can become a go to place for social meets, rendezvous and 'hanging out'.
Its tiered levels, each with their own distinctive scale, surmounted by a roof terrace with views across the city, is a new public offering in the city, one which will add to the buzz and ambience of a visit. Hosting spaces, a floor of dedicated education spaces, and an interweave of stories of the building and its history add to the rich mix - the theatre experience now reimagined as not only the performance, but as a cultural, educational, informative and fun place. In the words of one viewer - a new Glasgow Room.
Scottish Opera Theatre Royal, Glasgow \ Photographer Luigi di Pasquale