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The Floral Hall

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The Floral Hall is the main new foyer space, and main bars in the Floral Hall and the amphitheatre foyer replace the Crush Bar. Originally eight bays, half the length of the Floral Hall had to be removed to make room for the new stage areas. The remaining four bays have been renovated, reinstating the barrel vault and the fan elevation to Bow Street. A mirrored wall creates the illusion that the four bays stretch to eight. The historic reconstruction is restricted to the cast-iron structure and roof glazing. All the new elements are explicitly modern, differentiating them from the historic structure. One side wall is the external enclosure to the historic auditorium, the other side wall is a 'high tech' structural glass wall overlooking the escalator. A mezzanine structure is threaded along each side of the Floral Hall which will be used for dining during the interval. The two mezzanines are linked by a lit glass bridge that spans over the main bar. The window to the amphitheatre bar over- looking the Floral Hall appears from within the Floral Hall as a floating box within the mirror. At night, under artificial light, the mirrors, the various glass surfaces and transparencies, together with the curved glass roof take on a magical appearance.

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