Stanton Williams have unveiled its plans to upgrade the London Royal Opera House's entrance and public spaces, which have just received the seal of approval from authorities. 

The Stirling Prize-winning architect firm behind the Sainsbury Laboratory aim to increase the transparency of the Covent Garden Grade I-listed icon, and build a new glazed terrace. 

"The Open Up project's principal objective is to transform the public's experience of the Royal Opera House at its Covent Garden home," explained Alan Stanton, co-founder of Stanton Williams along with Paul Williams. "We want to bring a sense of the magic that is created each night on stage to the open public spaces for all to enjoy," he continued. "We are delighted that the project can now move forward." 

Stanton Williams were awarded the contract in 2013, they will work alongside engineering firm Arup to expand building's entrance and enable a more seamless connection to the close-by Linbury Studio Theatre – which is also undergoing a makeover.

The Royal Opera House dates back to 1858 and last underwent a major reconstruction in 1990s. Stanton Williams are set to start work at the end of 2015, and the project is estimated to take two years to complete.



Stanton Williams will be to reconstruct the building of the London Royal Opera (photo 1)