Cabe has welcomed Haworth Tompkins’ £70 million scheme for London’s National Theatre.
Moving the service yard and punching windows into the north-east corner of the grade II* listed building would “emphasise the drama of the architecture”, the Cabe design review said.
The scheme, which is due to go before Lambeth Council’s planning committee next week (Sept 29), also includes moving the bookshop to make way for a new entrance and restoring architect Denys Lasdun’s original orientation.
Cabe said: “This is an extremely well-considered proposal that addresses the shortcomings of the National Theatre and at the same time respects its cultural and architectural significance.
“It is evident that the scheme has been designed with a thorough understanding of the existing building, which has helped to produce a comprehensive and thoughtfully designed proposal.”
The design review also praised the scale, form and mass of the proposed southern extension, which would house the workshops.
It said: “We particularly enjoy the idea that passers-by will be able to view the activities inside, which in turn will help to enliven this area of the public realm.”
The review was also positive about the landscaping plans and, in particular, proposals to “green” the upper terraces, which it felt would encourage more visitors to use them.