50 Wonders | Melissa Dowler: National Theatre

The National Theatre is up for an RIBA Client of the Year award

Source: Philip Vile

The Bell Phillips director explains how her relationship with Lasdun’s masterpiece has changed over the years

Wonder: National Theatre, London

Architect: Denys Lasdun, 1963

Nominator: Melissa Dowler, Bell Phillips Architects

What’s particularly interesting for me about The National Theatre is that it has been part of my consciousness since very early childhood. The joy I took from it at first was based more on the physical experience of the space rather than any intellectual understanding of the building’s significance or history.

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