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Royal Festival Hall

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The Royal Festival Hall is part of the South Bank complex and was opened on May 3, 1951 for the Festival of Britain. At the time, it was the highest profile and biggest Modernist building in England. Whatever you think of its stern, clean-lined exterior (looks great when it’s floodlit in rainbow colours, though, don’t you agree?) the approach inside is extremely successful. Since they instituted an “open foyers” policy in 1988, the building hums with life from 10am till 10pm with free music and exhibitions and people just stepping in to meet someone for a coffee. The joy with the Royal Festival Hall is not so much in its size (2,900 seats in the auditorium) but in the detail. Did you know that you can see a fossilised seahorse in the limestone of the auditorium wall on the stairs at level 1? Or that the seats are specially designed to absorb as much sound when empty as when occupied to give an accurate acoustic during rehearsals? Or that there is a baton collection on Level 4 from famous conductors who have worked there?

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My icon is the Royal Festival Hall

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My nomination is the garden shed.

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