New Inn Broadway, public realm
Connecting a landscape with exhibition space and a unique heritage
Gallus Studio have obtained planning consent for ‘The Box Office,’ the working title for a new exhibition and office building in London’s Shoreditch. A charitable trust initiated this exciting new development to celebrate the unique history of the site as the location of ‘The Theatre’, which was the first polygonal purpose built theatre and precursor to The Globe.
The Theatre opened in Elizabethan times and was home to Shakespeare's theatre company, which is why the building’s design draws on many Elizabethan references. Timber grid framings recall the facades of early courtyard theatres, prevalent until The Theatre was conceived and each window bay incorporates a Juliet balcony because it is believed that The Theatre was the place where Romeo and Juliet premiered.
The project includes a newly envisaged shared public space to inspire promenade, pause and performance with new paving, public art, furniture and lighting. It is designed so that the exhibition space can spill out into the landscape and connect with it visually through shared materials and geometry.