• Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Snape Maltings, Suffolk
  • Kiln Studio (image credit: Charcoalblue)
  • Exterior showing retained Maltings buildings (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Foyer with new stair (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Britten Studio with seating deployed (image credit: Philip Vile)
  • Britten Studio showing seating and acoustic panelling (image credit: Philip Vile)

...sensitive auditorium planning and integrated technical design

Hoffmann Building, Snape

 

Project summary

 

The Hoffmann Building at Snape Maltings is a development of several previously-derelict industrial buildings located just outside the village of Snape in Suffolk. Aldeburgh Music, which operates the Aldeburgh Festival originally founded by Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears, occupies a number of buildings on the site including the Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which is internationally recognised for its unique character and exceptional acoustics.

 

Charcoalblue provided design and planning assistance on all aspects of the new performance areas and designed and specified the motorised seating system which allows the space to be reconfigured in a number of ways, including a format which provides space for a small orchestra for performances of chamber operas.

 

The Hoffman Building won a RIBA Regional Award in 2010 and was nominated for an award at the World Architecture Festival.