How did they get a helicopter on stage (Extract of EP013: The G.W.A. Performing Arts Centre at Wellington College)

The High Point podcast - Atelier Crescendo's podcast

10-11-2023 • 1 min

Wellington College wanted to bring a 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗼𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗿 inside the 𝗚𝗪𝗔 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲...


To do this, Alberto Favaro from Studio Seilern Architects explained in Episode 013 of the High Point podcast that they had to plan for:


- a 𝟱𝗺 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗱𝗼𝗼𝗿

- some 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗹𝗶𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 on the side of the stage ----------------------------------------------------------

In this episode , we speak with Alberto Favaro of Studio Seilern Architects about the design and construction process of the G.W.A. Performing Arts Centre at Wellington College, London.

Inspired by Grecian amphitheatres and surrounded by forest, this circular structure clad in charred-timber, houses a 2,580 square metre auditorium with two-tier seating for over 900 persons, and equipped with the highest acoustic, audio-visual and stage lighting specification at its core.

We discuss:

  • How Studio Seilern won the contract
  • The design approach and challenges of building a theatre in a forest
  • The forest’s influence on the theatre aesthetics
  • Sustainability aspirations of the project
  • How the singular purpose of the theatre affected the design process
  • Putting a helicopter on stage
  • How to control acoustics in a circular theatre


Find out more about the venue on the Wellington College ⁠website⁠ and visit Studio Seilern Architects website ⁠here⁠.

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