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YOUNG VIC SEATING



YOUNG VIC SEATING
Flexible Theatre Seating Design | Britain | 2006

Category: Design
Space: Small, New-build
Status: Built


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We developed this system of low-cost, flexible theatre seating for the Young Vic Theatre in London. Taking our cue from the utilitarian seats of the existing theatre, we optimised the comfort and functionality of the units through a series of 15 prototypes. Only two models (a single and a double bench) were developed for the building's three auditoria, allowing easy interchange and storage. Three types of stackable base were designed: a low front-row seat (also for children), a normal height seat and a high bench for back rows. A tip-up high bench version (with rotary dampers) was made for the new second row of the balcony. We also installed this latter seat in the reconfigured Old Vic Theatre, helping to improve sightlines and audience density in the difficult slip zones.