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Exterior view

Timber block


Main studio space

Central performance space

Foyer and café space

Ground floor plan

Ground floor plan

Building section

Building section

Entrance concept sketch

Dream Factory

The Dream Factory, Warwick, our seminal theatre project, is a permanent home for Playbox Theatre Company, providing training, rehearsal and performance spaces. It was the first purpose-built theatre for training young people in the UK.

A metal-clad central performance space is flanked by two lower timber blocks and united by a tilting lightweight canopy. The simple, elegant design was selected through competition and is made up of a main auditorium for an audience of up to 294 people at the centre of a complex of smaller studios, workshops and ancillary spaces.

The project embraced sustainable building solutions such as the TermoDeck system to reduce ventilation loadings.

Client Playbox Theatre Company
Location Warwick
Size 1,350 sq m
Status Completed 1999
Awards Popli Khalatbari Award 2000, Quality in Construction Award 2000, RIBA Yearbook Editors Award 2000
Darren Barbier