Out of 19 longlisted projects for the WAN Performing Spaces Award, both Hattiloo Theatre and Memphis Botanic Garden's Live at the Garden were shortlisted. An overall winner from the shortlisted six will be announced May 3rd.
On Live at the Garden: The judges were in agreement that the architects had made a difficult job seem effortless. Gavin was the first to comment on this project: “An extraordinary structure, there is a real boldness to the conviction of it.” Albert also had a positive reaction: ”The way it creates a place, creating the entrance, the circulation is very good, everything has meaning.”
On Hattiloo: The judges were not only impressed with the fantastic use of a limited budget, but also the place the project has within the community. Raj was very impressed with the scheme saying: “this project really addresses social context, sustainability, and deep rooted need for theatre as a means of bringing community together and addressing social issues. They have done a lot with little money, providing a space to grow, with technical infrastructure to expand capability and expression.” David added his views: “they have spent the money elegantly; it’s kind of welcoming, something which sits in a community like this is really important.”
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