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Wales Millennium Centre

Maudsley Hospital Redevelopment - De Crespigny Park Facade


Cardiff Bay, Wales


Wales Millennium Centre

Completed - 2004


31,500 sqm/ £106m


The Wales Millennium Centre, consists of 31,500 sqm of accommodation was the first national cultural institution to be built in Wales for over half a century.
The building brings together the Welsh National Opera Company Diversions Dance Company, Welsh Amateur Music Federation along with a variety of other creative organisations, for the first time, to comprise a self contained artistic community. Between them these organisations provide a rich and varied programme of continuous educational and entertainment events.

At the core of the building is an auditorium that defines a new precedent for high performance in both natural acoustic and amplified sound. Seating over 1,700, the Donald Gordon auditorium establishes the Wales Millennium Centre as a world class venue for visiting productions of all types.

The architecture of the Wales Millennium Centre is unique as benefits a new cultural centre. The forms and materials are inspired by elements of the Welsh landscape and by the Nation’s social and cultural traditions. It’s true to say that it is a building that could only be built in Cardiff, at this time and for this purpose.

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