WAN Performing Spaces Award 2017 Winner Announced

The extraordinary The Market Theatre by KMH Architects wins the WAN Performing Spaces Award 2017

We are delighted to congratulate KMH Architects, as winners of the WAN Performing Spaces Award 2017 for their incredible design, The Market Theatre.

KMH Architects design was chosen by an expert jury panel, who viewed the shortlist of six entries extensively before selecting the overall winner. This year’s jury, chosen for their expertise in this category, were: David Staples, Consultants at Theatre Projects, Barry Pritchard, Architect & Associate at Theatreplan, Sergey Kuznetsov, Chief Architect of Moscow, Paddy Dillon, Director at Allies and Morrison and Len Auerbach, Founder, Chairman and Director of Design, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander.

Jury quotes:

“This theatre is so important to the cultural and political freedom of Johannesburg. The sensitivity of the architecture to the community is a serious design goal and it has certainly been achieved. The intimate theatre spaces within this project are so simply tight that they bring the audience and performer together as one. The spirit of Ubuntu is alive in this building.” Len Auerbach

“There are a lot of lovely details and touches, such as the exterior seated area. It looks like a place designed for people, and one whose complexity creates rich possibilities for meeting, sharing and making work.” Paddy Dillon

“This is a beautifully assembled and appropriate architectural intervention that scores highly in all aspects accessible, inclusive and loose fit.” Barry Pritchard

“Successful reconstruction with modern a design.” Sergey Kuznetsov

“An interesting addition to, and enhancement of, the legendary Market Theatre of Johannesburg. Retaining the existing, and adding a series of small-scale, well-thought out, additional buildings. This is a project I'd like to visit.” David Staples 

We would like to take the opportunity to once again congratulate KMH Architects for their winning entry - The Market Theatre - and also thank the jury, and all who entered their projects into this year’s WAN Performing Spaces Award 2017.





Wayne Mansfield, Senior Partner from KMH Architects, Johannesburg,

received the WAN award for the best Performing Spaces at the Awards

Ceremony in London on 28 February 2018