Allies and Morrison Architects' design for the new Rambert Dance Company studio was heavily influenced by Brutalist architecture, a movement that followed the modernist architectural movement. Brutalist buildings are typically characterized by grand scale, exposed concrete and graphic expression.
Similarly, the studio, which is located in London's South Bank, features a precast concrete facade. The material was chosen so that the structure would create a relationship with the existing, and soon-to-be-existing, architecture of the area, such as the National Theater.
Inside, the exposed concrete continues on walls, columns and stairwells, offering an effective contrast between the painted plasterboard and resin floors that made up the rest of the interior. Finally, a central courtyard allows natural light to enter the space, effectively brightening it.
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