Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’

Commercial & Leisure

Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’

Project Info

Striking a balance between heritage and twenty-first century life, the transformation of the Royal Opera House reimagines the world-renowned home of ballet and opera.

Improved access and transparency, a completely new Linbury Theatre and new foyers, terraces, cafes, bars, restaurant and retail facilities extend the building’s life outside of performance hours. At entrance level, subtle timber elements inlaid in the stone floor offer a warm welcome. Descending into the double-height Linbury Theatre foyer, the atmosphere becomes more intimate and theatrical as exquisitely book matched veneer surfaces are complemented by elegant linear grids of timber batons and solid wood parquet. The Linbury Theatre is entirely clad in black walnut, inspired by the rich cherry cladding in the main 1858 Opera House auditorium. Lights, acoustic insulation and sound equipment are integrated within the timber.


ArchitectStanton Williams

Structural EngineerArup, Robert Bird Group

Wood SupplierMissouri Walnut LLC, Reliance Veneer Co Ltd

ContractorSwift Crafted Ltd

SpeciesAmerican black walnut

ClientRoyal Opera House

JoineryBirmingham Veneers Ltd, TT Gillard, Thornell Veneers Ltd

MMC ConstructionRise

Royal Opera House