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Studio Seilern Architects' new auditorium at Wellington College

Wellington College opens £15m ’angle-free’ auditorium

Wellington College in Berkshire has debuted its new £15m Annenberg Performing Arts Centre, which was designed by Studio Seilern Architects.

The 1,400-capacity auditorium boasts a circular form that the practice said was inspired by historic Greek amphitheatres and sits in a forest setting at the Crowthorne school, which counts Nicholas Grimshaw, architect-turned-Bristol-mayor George Ferguson and singer Will Young among its former pupils.

Studio Seilern said the building’s angle-free shape was chosen to give an intimacy to performances, both to aid the audience experience and to help prevent young performers from feeling overwhelmed.

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