Aviva Studios, the home of Factory International, is a landmark new cultural space for Manchester and the world.
Built with flexibility in mind, the design of the building is led by Ellen van Loon of the world-leading practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). The multi-use space can adapt to host any kind of set-up — from intimate theatre shows and intricate exhibitions, to huge multimedia performances and warehouse-scale gigs fit for the greatest artists of our time. Its development is led by Manchester City Council, with backing from HM Government and Arts Council England.
Aviva Studio’s design is led by Ellen van Loon of the world-leading practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Like many Manchester firsts before now, it's their first major public building in the UK.
The design of the building is based around ultra-flexible spaces that adapt to host any kind of set up – allowing artists to make ambitious, never-seen-before work on a huge scale. And meaning that you can catch the best in new dance, theatre, music, visual arts and performances all year-round.
The 13,350 square metre building includes the Warehouse – a 21m high space with capacity for up to 5,000 people standing, which can also be divided by a movable, full-height acoustic wall. There’s also the Hall with a flexible stage which can house an audience of up to 1,600 seated or 2,000 standing, as well as other spaces to explore inside and out. The Warehouse and the Hall can also work together – allowing the stage to run deeper into the building.
OMA selected as winner of the international competition to design the building. The project marks OMA’s first major public building in the UK.
8 July 2017
Ground-breaking Ceremony with performance by Laurie Anderson for Manchester International Festival.
Deborah Warner’s installation Arcadia takes place within the construction site of the building as part of Manchester International Festival.
Aviva is announced as naming rights partner to the building, to be known as Aviva Studios
The venue presents its first events for MIF23, enabling visitors to preview the building
Official opening of the venue with our blockbuster world premiere of Free Your Mind.