Southampton’s Studio 144, the new home for Nuffield theatre and John Hansard Gallery, is a lacklustre building that proves the public sector has an overreliance on the profit-driven private sector, argues Oliver Wainwright.
Southampton’s new culture palace squats on the town square like a particularly lacklustre block of flats, clad in grey and beige tiles. Studio 144, the city’s £30m arts venue, provides a new well-equipped auditorium for Nuffield Southampton Theatres and an airy home for the university’s John Hansard Gallery, as well as a base for the City Eye film charity.
But you’d be hard-pressed to realise this as you approach the building. A pair of huge beige bookends face each o... Keep reading on The Guardian