The NT Deck, 2018

a new lightweight rooftop pavilion for the National Theatre

The Deck is designed as a long-term replacement for a previous, temporary events space. The naturally ventilated, highly insulated timber framed structure has radically reduced energy loads and enables year-round use for meetings, conferences and entertaining events. The pavilion was conceived and developed in collaboration with specialist fabricators Stage One, who prefabricated the project off site, allowing a swift and non-invasive installation.

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Like our new Max Rayne Centre extension to the south, the form of The Deck is designed to complement the planar geometries of Lasdun’s 1976 concrete masterpiece using the building’s secondary external material palette of glass and aluminium. The glazed façades allow panoramic views over London and the river Thames, making The Deck an extraordinary addition to the National Theatre’s many beautiful spaces.

“Following the success of NT Future, we were thrilled to be able to continue our collaboration with Haworth Tompkins. Always attentive to our needs and aspirations, they have successfully realised our ambition for a flexible, sustainable space that maximises the unparalleled views. We are absolutely delighted with their creative and dynamic response to our roof-top project.” Lisa Burger, Executive Director, National Theatre


The National Theatre


Stage one

Structural Engineers

Cowi/Stage one

Services Engineer

Atelier Ten

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philip vile

Behind the scenes