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The Sustainable Theatre

willow-3World Stage Design 2013 opened up a unique opportunity to design an alternative sustainable theatre. The competition was open to professionals and emerging practitioners from across all related disciplines and received over 100 entries from 26 countries.  The winning design was selected by an international panel of judges.

The Willow Theatre, designed by architect Tim Lai and theatre designer Brad Steinmetz, both of Columbus, Ohio, USA was voted as the winning design which was built for the event.


You can watch a time lapse video of the theatre build below:


Ian Evans, WSD2013’s technical director and a senior lecturer at RWCMD, described the competition: “The design brief was a tough one. We asked for a venue that was eco-conscious, could seat up to 150 people, host a variety of events and be self-built, all for an outlay of less than £20,000. Yet the response was magnificent, many using highly original approaches and suggesting a wide variety of materials, including hay bales, cardboard boxes and packing crates. The entry from Brad and Tim was everyone’s favourite, though, because as well as meeting the technical brief, it looked and felt very interesting – it was an innovative blueprint that can be copied for other settings.”

The Sustainable Theatre project was supported by the Waterloo Foundation.

Read more about the winning design Willow Theatre here.














Winning Designers:

Tim Lai

Brad Steinmetz