MBA’s First New Theatre Completes for Cumnor House SchoolThursday, 21 August 2008
MBA’s first new theatre for Cumnor House School in Sussex will open in August 2008.
This education architectural project sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the theatre seats 365 children and includes foyer, backstage facilities and music rehearsal rooms.
Using the natural slope of the land to achieve the raked auditorium. Its form responds to the historic crinkle-crankle garden wall nearby and to an ancient Yew tree adjacent to the building. Green credentials include locally sourced bricks – dug up form the earth within a mile of the site, untreated larch boarding and high levels of insulation and thermal mass, as well as a bio-diverse green roofs across the whole building.
The school describe the new space as ‘fantastic’, as the low ceilinged foyer, set sensitively within the existing landscape, gives way to the large auditorium.