The Almeida Theatre
The Almeida Theatre in London needed temporary theater space while their main space underwent renovation. A company called Haworth Tompkins was commissioned to build two low-cost temporary theater spaces to house the Almeida during renovation. One was created in a derelict building originally constructed as a power station but later converted to film studios. At the time that the theater took over the space, it was scheduled for partial demolition and conversion to apartments. The theater signed a one-year lease with the developer, and Haworth Tompkins retrofitted the space, adding scaffold staircases, ramps and simple cut openings to address the complex fire escape and circulation requirements for an audience of 900. The result was a unique space; the old building was allowed to become part of the performances. After full houses for every performance throughout the summer of 2000, the venue closed at the end of the season and was demolished as planned.