The MAC is an award winning building that resulted from an international open design competition in association with the RIBA. Hackett/Hall/McKnight’s design creates foyers that “recall the tight streetscape of the neighbourhood a compressed urban environment characterised by toplight”. A 32m high, illuminated ‘lantern’ forms a ‘beacon for the arts’ within the Cathedral Quarter.
The £17.9m multipurpose facility opened in April 2012 with theatre and rehearsal spaces, a dance studio, art galleries and cafe/ bar area. The building has since won an RIBA National Award and was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award.
Call in throughout the weekend or join one of two exclusive guided tours with architect Mark Hackett who will explain the considerations involved in designing a multi purpose arts building such as the MAC.