Created in 2006 by British architect Sarah Wigglesworth, Siobhan Davies Studios houses an artist-led organisation that exists to advance the art forms of dance and choreography. The studios are housed in a formerly derelict three-story building dating from 1898 and in the adjacent playground of the Charlotte Sharman Foundation Primary School. The original structure was enhanced with contemporary elements such as a two-storey atrium and a undulating roof above the main performance space. The design was the result of the architect spending considerable time with the dancers, to watch how they worked and learn what they needed. The main studio was placed on the roof so that dancers would be performing high above the city and with natural daylight. The unique design of the building was awarded a prestigious RIBA Award in 2006, and described in The Architects’ Journal as ‘straightforward, robust, and unsentimental’.

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