Burlington Gardens

We had our first, all-staff meeting in David Chipperfield’s new, hemispherical lecture theatre in Burlington Gardens this morning.   At 7.45, the place was still under wraps, the leather seats by Bill Amberg still covered by plastic sheeting.   By 9.00, two hundred or so people were sitting in the steeply raked amphitheatre, individually visible because the space is daylit, like a Renaissance anatomy theatre, or as David Chipperfield thinks, like the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (he is lecturing there this Saturday).   It’s a very different experience from talking in a darkened lecture hall:  the sense of assembled, proximate faces, each of whom is in an unexpectedly individual relationship with the speaker.   I still can’t post photographs, but will soon.

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