The Big House Theatre Company, known as ‘The Big House’ is a charity organisation set up in 2012. It primarily provides support for at risk young people who have left the care system and now need guidance in their rehabilitation and integration into adult life. The Big House works with these young people across a multitude of creative and cultural platforms, breaking destructive behaviour cycles that can lead vulnerable young people into trouble.

The design takes inspiration from the site’s former use as a mirror factory. A dusty old mirror reflects to create a distorted image. There is a duality of sameness and difference between the object and the reflection; in the world of theatre a duality is one of opposites.

The scheme plays upon these dualities and this is expressed through the juxtaposition of new elements within the existing fabric. The proposed interventions are moveable pieces of “furniture” which generate a flexibility within a permanent envelope.