The Contact Theatre is a theatre owned by The University of Manchester. The Contact Theatre largely stages modern live performance and participatory work for younger audiences. It is housed in an interesting fortress-style building on the Oxford Road, designed by Short and Associates and completed in 1999. It feaures a unique energy-efficient system, using its 135 metre high towers to naturally-ventilate the building without the use of air conditioning. The colourful and curvaceous interior houses three performance spaces, a deluxe lounge bar and Hot Air, a reactive public artwork in the foyer space.