With the old state arts funding business model no longer available, this building is designed to help the ENB wash its own face. The new home for the English National Ballet, located on London City Island, is designed by Glenn Howells Architects. After ENB chose to build its new HQ in London City Island, the main challenge was providing the extensive range of flexible, state-of-the-art facilities on a narrow site and with a challenging budget. English National Ballet’s new HQ is more than just a building, the company delivers so many incredible programmes that reach out into the community and strive to ensure that dance is truly inclusive. Glenn Howells Architects has wrapped the home for the English National Ballet in panels of white translucent glass, offering passers-by glimpses into its rehearsal spaces. For best results, it is recommended that you repeat this class 1-5 times a week. Lady Rosemary Buchanan This is then topped with a specialist sprung timber floor to provide acoustic separation between the studios. Tamara Rojo described her vision for the Company’s new home as “a space where imaginations could be ignited, and where everybody would be welcome.” The state-of-the-art building not only houses the Company and staff, but provides a creative hub for the local community in east London, from which a wide range of classes, events and educational and community programmes will be facilitated. Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund Other spaces include a large administration office – the 76 dancers are supported by around the same number of staff – with specialist facilities including a hydrotherapy pool and even a tutu room. Natalie Krapf leads this course with ENBYouthCo member Grace Farbon demonstrating. Tower Hamlets The building has been designed to match the ambition and potential of the company. Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings. Our resulting new home gives us the space and facilities we need to continue to develop and care for world-class artists and create innovative new work, which evolves ballet as an art form for future generations. The term ‘A Bauhaus for Dance’, which appears on Glenn Howells Architects’ website to herald its recently completed English National Ballet (ENB) building, sounds a touch hubristic. London City Island is in fact a peninsular, a last tidal bend of the River Lea before it hits the Thames, once occupied by low-rise light industry and storage. Not only is there plenty of space for development, creation of new commissions and rehearsals, the new building has rehab facilities, a music room for English National Ballet Philharmonic, and digital infrastructure which will allow both organisations to transmit their work to audiences around the UK and the rest of the world. The building is arranged around seven 15m x 15m, double-height dance studios, providing large column-free spaces for the dancers to train and perform in. Read why the AJ100 judges chose our building here. The new dance factory with a total of 8,640 square metres of space was designed by the London office of Glenn Howells Architects (GHA). All the finishes, black painted concrete walls and plywood floors, are designed to be simple and robust ‘Not too fussy; kick around’ as Mulligan puts it. ‘Our turbine hall’ is how Rojo has described it, although beyond this main circulation space, the building is security protected. The building’s corner is sandwiched between two 20-plus-storey residential towers. English National Ballet. It provides a strong new face to a cultural organisation’s work, while giving useful urban definition to its difficult site; w combining its pragmatism with just a touch of poetry. Grenville Turner The 93,000 sq ft building has seven full-size Commuters in train carriages will be able to watch some of the world’s best dancers perform when the English National Ballet opens its new home. The spans were achieved by using precast double tee beams (normally used in bridge engineering) which enabled the structure to cope with the natural frequency generated by 60 ballet dancers performing in unison. Its previous home in South Kensington, adjacent to the Albert Hall, while much more central, was cramped, with limited facilities and, importantly, no space for full performance rehearsals. Its façade is composed of a large white-framed grid of anodised steel, with occasional panels of clear glazing punctuating opaque U-channelled glass panels of Linit – fast becoming one of the materials-of-the-moment. All rights reserved. Scroll for more. Carol Brigstocke. But on approach, crossing the Mark Whitby-designed bridge that connects London City Island to Canning Town tube, the corner of ENB’s pale, orthogonal form does provide a small echo of its Dessau predecessor, its name in big super-graphics on its pale façade. Can the RIBA pull out of its spiral of decline in 2021? Architect says honour for 3D printing NHS face masks was ‘surreal surprise’, Take 2: Alison Brooks submits revised plans for tile-clad Hampstead house, David Chipperfield posts loss for second year in a row, Lockdown 3: Architects react to the latest Covid restrictions. For best results, it is recommended that you repeat this class 1-3 times a week for 4-6 weeks until you have mastered the positions before moving on to the second level class. Breakthrough dance company HUMANHOOD 's dark side of the Moon-inspired ORBIS - complementary piece SPHERA features in the following live stream. The Wolfson Foundation Status. Beyond its architectural merits, it features some clever glass solutions. The remainder of the London City Island development is constructed fully off-site and there was a desire by EcoWorld Ballymore to deliver some of the ENB building this way. In a time of reduced public funds for the arts, the building provides ENB with a financial springboard by enabling spaces to be rented out while the main company is on tour. In addition, at ground level, the common parts are thoughtfully landscaped, with pockets of townhouses softening the base of the towers with threshold front gardens and a ‘green moustache’ of landscaping wrapping around the island’s edge. It sits in the centre of a new primarily residential scheme developed jointly by EcoWorld International and Ballymore. No. In October 2020, the English National Ballet was named Building of the Year 2020 by the Architects’ Journal. Precast construction was employed, and the in-situ concrete is 50 per cent GGBS (made from fly ash rather than cement) which has reduced embodied carbon by half. The Linbury Trust As a touring ballet company ENB was able to advise which performance spaces were the best for dancers’ performance and which were less than satisfactory. ENB is a lean and efficient building with natural ventilation in all non-performance spaces, north-facing glazing and an efficient thermal mass. It answers the brief to provide a working space – it is not a venue but rather a building that allows us to practise, plan and hone artistic productions. It’s been a joy to see them make London City Island their home. English National Ballet is a classical ballet company founded by Dame Alicia Markova and Sir Anton Dolin as London Festival Ballet and based in London, England. The Buffini Chao Foundation English National Ballet EcoWorld Ballymore Its defining design driver was the need to include a main space production studio – essentially a space containing a stage with theatre-like dimensions for full rehearsals. English National Ballet School Professional Trainee Programme 2020/2021 . English National Ballet 41 Hopewell Square, London, E14 0SY 020 7581 1245 info@ballet.org.uk English National Ballet’s new facility, which is part of the London City Island development, is designed by Glenn Howells Architects. Credit:  Photography by Hufton + Crow, The headquarters building provides a cultural anchor for the London City Island docklands redevelopment, says Rob Wilson. Garfield Weston Foundation We use cookies to personalize and improve your experience on our site. GHA worked alongside our staff teams at the beginning of the project, identifying and understanding the needs of the diverse users through discussion and observation. The most expressed elements in the studios are their ceilings of exposed deep double tee beams which neatly accommodate the M&E runs. Justin Bickle English National Ballet is one of the foremost touring companies in Europe, performing in theatres throughout the UK as well as conducting international tours and performing at special events. English National Ballet announced its revised plans for Autumn 2020, as the Company’s previously scheduled performances have been cancelled due to the continuing impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic.. An exciting new digital season of short works for camera from choreographers including Russell Maliphant, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Yuri Possokhov, Arielle Smith and ENB Associate … Mulligan explains that concrete had to be used for the floors and structure to mitigate any reverberation of the eight adjacent dance spaces. Seeing the building from the bridge underlines this as its corner is sandwiched between two 20-plus-storey residential towers. A big challenge for the design team was the sheer scale of the building, which had to be adaptable and provide a wide range of rehearsal, teaching and support spaces. Watch Tamara’s acceptance speech on our YouTube channel. These also contain one rectangle of clear glazing: ‘We did not want them to be sealed boxes … we wanted the dancers to have views out,’ says Mulligan. We started with a very clear, but complex and ambitious brief, testing our first ideas by visiting a range of other dance buildings. The main challenge was to develop a floor that would provide a good dynamic response to the dancers using the studio spaces and to develop an economic structure that could be efficiently constructed off-site if possible. It is also a building that looks to redefine ENB – from a brilliant group of artists making it work in a Victorian mews building to a brilliant group of artists who are now able to push boundaries in a purpose-built machine for dance. This new 8,600m2 building has enabled not only a massive expansion of its facilities but also its co-location with the separately run English National Ballet School for the first time. The biggest challenge for the architects was to plan a flexible, modern venue for dance on a limited area with a clear budget. 735040. The term ‘A Bauhaus for Dance’, which appears on Glenn Howells Architects’ website to herald its recently completed English National Ballet (ENB) building, sounds a touch hubristic. The result is an incredibly lean and efficient building which allows us to grow and thrive long into the future. With English National Ballet marking its 70th anniversary in 2020, the organisation now occupies their new iconic building at Ballymore’s newly developed London City Island, a mixed-use district in Canning Town, east London, on a peninsula between the River Lea and the Thames. The spaces also enable us to offer new jobs, host apprenticeships and widen opportunities for participation, skills development and training. The western façade is closer in proximity to the residential buildings and provides a greater level of privacy for both dancers and adjacent residents. The programme – who is it for? English National Ballet’s new home signifies a new chapter in the Company’s diverse and distinguished history and brings with it a new and invigorated commitment to our founding mission: to bring world class ballet to as many people as possible, wherever they are and whatever their means. This one-year programme is designed for dancers aged 18 to 22 years who have successfully completed a full-time vocational ballet course. This is 20 x16m with a 26m-high fly tower, which essentially sets the height of the building. Glenn Howells Architects also created the overall masterplan for the new development, succeeding a previous version by SOM. English National Ballet, picture by Hufton + Crow Earlier this month it was honoured for its work on the building which is home to the English National Ballet in London. Meanwhile, the English National Ballet School is on the fourth floor, along with four of the dance studios, use of which it shares. The programme will run from October 2020 to June 2021. Complete September 2019. The heavy concrete frame is wrapped in a light skin of low-iron u-channel glass with the elevational treatment configured to respond to its immediate context. Its visible sandwich of translucent glass-fibre insulation not only delivers a good thermal envelope but provides the interior with a sense of enclosure and a soft milky light while giving the façade a pearlescent quality. London, E14 0SY, 020 7581 1245 Arts Council England London City Island, London. London mayor Sadiq Khan officially opened the English National Ballet’s new home in Canning Town, east London, last week. Students will be invited to enrol in summer 2020. It has designed a building that works hard and well for all English National Ballet’s various specialist users. But the simple grid is indicative of the large orthogonal spaces within: a kind of Rubik’s-cube of dance studios, slotted and stacked within its footprint. ENBYouthCo Summer Intensive 2019 © Thomas Stroppel. We have created something that is pared-back and elegant, but also hard working, with its character defined by a celebration of exposed raw materials such as concrete ceilings and translucent glass walls. Accounts. Enabling and funding the construction of a new cultural facility, let alone running its programme, is necessarily a world away now from the old state-funded models. Martin McGrath, deputy group managing director, OCSC. The space can also be hired out, as indeed can the main performance studio when the ballet is out on tour – for everything from a Cameron Mackintosh production rehearsal to a Porsche advert. English National Ballet with Hollow by Stina Quagebeur. You demonstrated an excellent attitude and level of technical knowledge, whilst maintaining a professional and cooperative way of working. And at the new neighbourhood’s heart – the ‘pearl within an oyster’ as Mulligan terms it – is the ENB building. The new building for the English National Ballet (ENB) is something of a revelation. More for ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOL LIMITED (02319478) Registered office address Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, London, SW10 0QS . Certainly the D1 elements offer the opportunity to bring a richness to the area, though inevitably, to make it all stack up it’s the market-sale residential that dominates, with towers and lower-rise slabs, crowding the perimeter of the island – described by the developer in a positive spin as a ‘micro-Manhattan’. Indeed, this is very much a building designed from the inside out. Patrick Harrison, executive director, English National Ballet. English National Ballet School. Fifty precast double tee beams were installed across the scheme, weighing over 30 tonnes per section and meticulously placed on to the in-situ concrete frame. The building is the ENB’s workshop, a place where it can rehearse in a production space on the scale of where it will perform, as well as providing seven … Designed and built by Cog. The main entrance is off a public space paved, says Mulligan, ‘like an Italian piazza’. It leads into a generous lobby-atrium-cum-café space, familiar from so many public buildings. Clore Duffield Foundation info@ballet.org.uk, © 2021 English National Ballet. Robert King, associate, Glenn Howells Architects, Start on site June 2016Completion September 2019Gross internal floor area 8,635m²Construction cost£27 millionConstruction cost per m² £3,198Architect Glenn Howells ArchitectsClient English National BalletDeveloper EcoWorld BallymoreStructural engineers Hydrock (fit out), OCSC (shell & core)M&E consultants Hydrock (fit out), TB&A (shell & core)Quantity surveyors Pulse Associates (fit out), Lambert Smith Hampton (fit out), Gardiner & Theobald (shell & core)Project managers Pulse Associates (fit out), Lambert Hampton Smith (fit out), Acumen (shell & core)CDM co-ordinator CDM Services UKApproved building inspector Butler & YoungMain contractors BW (fit out), Ballymore Construction Services (shell & core)Acoustic engineers Aecom (fit out), IDIBRI (fit out), Hoare Lea (shell & core)Landscape consultants Chris Blandford Associates (shell & core), Camlins (shell & core)Interior designer the space studioLighting Hydrock (fit out), Buro Happold (shell & core)Sustainability consultant  Eight Associates (fit out)Access consultant Access IncludedCAD software used Autodesk Revit, On-site energy generation None (although the London City Island energy centre has a CHP which feeds into the district heating system)Heating and hot water load 148.93kWh/m2/yrTotal energy load 215.28kWh/m²/yrCarbon emissions (all) 47.6kgCO²/m²Annual mains water consumption  42.89 litres/person/day, or 10.85m³/person/yearAirtightness at 50pa 3m³/hr/m²Overall thermal bridging heat transfer coefficient (Y value) 0.049W/m²kOverall area-weighted u-value 0.49W/m²kEmbodied / whole-life carbon 2,199,293 kgCO²eq/m²Predicted design life in years 60 years, TagsBallet school Docklands East London Glenn Howells Architects, This new nursery at Warner Bros Studios in Hertfordshire for childcare provider…, This 3,250m² scheme in central London will operate as a membership organisation…, The first photographs have been released of David Chipperfield’s overhaul of Mies…, The nine-flat, two commercial unit development has interiors designed by Scenesmith which…. Photography Hufton + Crow. Intelligently, rather than pepper-potting the D1 space, it was concentrated primarily on two larger sites: aimed at attracting institutions rather than just smaller arts organisations to the Island. “What I wanted for the Company was a space where we could create, where we could have freedom, and where we could share our ambition and we could connect with the local community”, Tamara said. English National Ballet School, which had been housed separately, will once again be under the same roof. This was then used to generate specifications for the building’s structural system. English National Ballet (ENB) is to move to a new "state of the art" home in east London, its artistic director Tamara Rojo has announced. London Marathon Charitable Trust But on approach, crossing the Mark Whitby-designed bridge that connects London City Island to Canning Town tube, the corner of ENB’s pale, orthogonal form does provide a small echo of its Dessau predecessor, … The Wigoder Family Foundation The building also plugs into the London City Island district heating system, making it extremely carbon efficient. 41 Hopewell Square, A sandwich of translucent glass-fibre insulation delivers not just a thermal envelope but a sense of enclosure and a soft milky light. Dance for Parkinson's class at English National Ballet's home © Photography by ASH, Stay connected with English National Ballet, Nutcracker Delights Arts Award Workshops For Schools, English National Ballet’s home is named AJ100 Building of the Year. You can use WP menu builder to build menus, Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our, Dance moves: Glenn Howells’ new home for English National Ballet, Office-to-nursery conversion completed by Harp & Harp, Buckley Gray Yeoman creates gallery hub in Grade II-listed London terrace, First images of Chipperfield’s revamp of Mies’s Neue Nationalgalerie revealed, Manalo & White designs pared-back mixed-use scheme in Hackney, Previously refused roof extension consented under new permitted development rules, Cambridge pulls ‘work for free’ tender following Twitter backlash. The north façade is clad with insulated translucent glass, maximising the amount of natural light that filters into the studios to create ethereal dance spaces. English National Ballet School Carlyle Building, Hortensia Road, London SW10 0QS info@enbschool.org.uk | +44 (0)20 7376 7076 © 2021 English National Ballet School. Why we gave AJ100 Building of the Year to English National Ballet. 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