Terry Pawson Architects has finally struck gold in Europe with this design for a new opera house and music theatre in Linz, Austria. The competitionwinning project will become the practice's first scheme outside the UK and follows a number of near misses for Pawson, who has been named as a runnerup in a string of high-profile contests across the continent. Occupying a former hospital site south of the Danube, the 143 million (£99 million) development will house a 900-seat theatre auditorium, a box office, cafés, and a number of workshops. The 27,700m 2 building, which boasts a two-storey glazed entrance overlooking the city's People's Park, will also become the new home of the renowned Bruckner Orchestra.
Chosen from more than 200 entries, the Musiktheater scheme is the practice's largest project to date.