Southbank, London


Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre in London stands out to me as one of the most iconic arts buildings in the UK. With its layered concrete structure and geometric shapes, it stands on the South Bank of the River Thames, creating a beautiful contrast with nature and the man made.

Completed in 1976, The Royal National Theatre is made up of horizontal terraces, swathing the two looming concrete towers which shape the majority of the building. It creates a landscape in which is so unassuming and has been quoted as “one of the last great buildings of the age of public sector architecture”.
“I don’t want anything to come between people experiencing the theatre and your drama. They have in a way to use the concrete reality of the building, not tarted up in any way. It must just be space, walls, light. And the ornaments of the building are people moving around.”

 – Denys Lasdun