A flexible event and performance space at The Lowry
Working with the original architects of the Lowry, Mather & Co was responsible for the design of the interior elements within the Studio. The concept was to create a large space capable of holding large dinner events, which could be subdivided into smaller meeting rooms, rehearsal spaces and a small 150 seat theatre for community use to complement the larger theatres in the building.
This was achieved using high-rated folding acoustic partitions to separate the spaces and a moving bleacher unit with retracting tiered seats that can be moved to a storage area at the other end of the room. The stage itself is made up of smaller pneumatic platforms, which can be set at various heights to create a range of different configurations or can be brought level with the surrounding floor when used as a dining area. The transformation from a theatre to a 300 seat dining area now takes a matter of a few hours. The scheme also includes education rooms and reception spaces.