An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Scotland

Public Buildings

This is dpa‘s second theatre project in Scotland with Nicoll Russell following the success of the Byre Theatre in St Andrews. The lighting ensures transparency of the building envelope at night allowing interesting glimpses into the volumes inside the project from outside. The scheme is designed to invoke a sense of theatre and light is used to expose materials and enhance the volumes. The use of daylight when available is a really important part of the project and the play between solid and transparent is a signature of the building. The external lighting ensure appropriate impact from the surrounding areas while the internal lighting creates interesting and varied lighting patterns in each space including the auditorium itself.