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Curve wins international architecture award

15/07/2010

LEICESTER'S Curve theatre has won an international award in recognition of its outstanding architecture.

The landmark building in Rutland Street was among winners of the prestigious 2010 International Architecture Awards, which celebrate the most significant new architecture designed and built worldwide.

In all, 95 winners from more than 38 countries were chosen, ranging from skyscrapers and sports stadiums to banks and bridges.

Curve was designed by award-winning Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, and opened its doors to the public in 2008, and is a landmark building in the city's Cultural Quarter.

Leicester City Council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, Councillor Abdul Osman, said: "Curve was designed and built to be an impressive new landmark building at the heart of the city's Cultural Quarter, and this award, which recognises the excellence of Curve's architecture, is great news for the city.

"These awards involved competition from hundreds of projects and designs across the world, so we are very pleased to have been selected as one of the winners, and delighted that Leicester is home to such an internationally-recognised building."

The curved, glass-clad theatre features two auditoria, one with 750 seats and another with 350 seats.

Movable steel walls separating the stage and the foyer can be lifted to make the stage is visible from street level, and Curve's glass cladding encloses an open plan foyer with views onto the café, bars, backstage area, and across the stage.

Leicester City Council's cabinet member for culture and leisure, Councillor Rob Wann, said: "This is a real feather in the cap for the Leicester and for Curve itself, and is very good news."

The awards were hosted by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the European Centre of Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies, with a jury included leading architecture academics and critics.

Pat Weller, interim chief executive of Curve, added: "Curve is a theatre which the people of Leicester and Leicestershire can be proud of, and I am delighted that the building has been acknowledged with this international architectural award."

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