Notoriously contentious, the brutalist masterpiece National Theatre stands on the South Bank of the Thames, next to Waterloo bridge. Completed in 1976.
Rough Cast Appearance
Internally and externally, the rough-cast concrete surface of the National Theatre shows the imprint of the sawn wooden planks used in the casting process, which were supposedly each only used twice, once on each side.
Architect Denys Lasdun
Denys Lasdun was appointed as architect to the project in 1963. With no previous experience in theatre design, he persuaded the board of theatre directors, designers and technical experts to give him the job without a team alongside him but with the drama of a solo-performance.
“Most of the architects came in groups with their partners… but very theatrically, Denys Lasdun arrived entirely alone” said Laurence Olivier, former director of the National Theatre.