The new headquarters of Factory International, organizer of the Manchester International Festival (MIF), has been completed. A work of OMA / Ellen van Loon, it responds to an eclectic environment – amid industrial brick constructions, towers, housing, and offices – through facades of rough concrete and corrugated metal.
The 13,350-square-meter building has been designed to offer ample, open spaces that are flexible and adaptable, capable of being reconfigured to cater to a broad variety of shows at different scales. The key facilities are The Hall, an auditorium that seats 1,600 but can take in 2,000 standers; and The Warehouse, a performance space 33 meters wide, 64 long, and 21 high, with room for an audience of 5,000 people, featuring a 2.5-meter-wide double wall of concrete and equipped with advanced acoustic-insulation techniques. They can function separately or together, with a stage that can stretch back to a depth of 45 meters.