Under Threat: Uganda´s National Theatre
by Peatfield and Bodgener Architects, Kampala, Uganda,1959
DATE: 16/6/2017
Docomomo International wishes to draw your attention for the threatened future that Uganda´s National Theatre is facing.

The National Theatre is the main component of the Uganda National Cultural Centre.  Designed by Peatfield and Bodgener Architects, it was the first modern and purpose built theatre in Uganda.  The 400-seat theatre was designed to cater for the needs of the small expatriate community resident in Kampala at the time. The main façade is an elegantly curved lattice of prefabricated concrete rings that act as a passive shading device for small entrance public at the northern end of the building, and the rehearsal spaces at the southern end. In keeping with the principles of tropical modernism, the building is naturally ventilated. However the effectiveness of passive systems within a highly active urban area is being tested, with the acoustics of the auditorium competing with activities of the surrounding gardens and the busy streets alongside the building.

It is urgent the necessity to rethink the future of this building in order to protect it and adapt it to the current demands.

Docomomo International wish to express its full support to the efforts that are being carried out in order to preserve the Uganda´s National Theatre, believing that this building must be fully restored taking into consideration its history and the willing to maintain their integrity and authenticity for future generations.

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