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Assemble's Theatre on the Fly in Chichester

Changing architecture’s relationship with the public

Following the popularity of their petrol-station-made-cinema, the Cineroleum, Assemble have gone on to create playful and thoughtful architecture with modest means. Starting out soon after graduating, the collective was formed to promote the involvement of the public in the process of making spaces. In 2012 Assemble was approached by Chichester Festival Theatre to create a space that would house their 50th anniversary celebrations; the result was Theatre on the Fly, a low budget, volunteer built space to house performances and talks. Scaffolding creates the interior structure with chipboard seating, all covered with a skin of waterproof pond lining.

Fact File:

Architects: Assemble

Builders: Over 40 volunteers aged 16-68

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