The Contact Theatre is a theatre owned by The University of Manchester. Theatre (or theater, see spelling differences) is the branch of the Performing arts defined by Bernard Beckerman as what "occurs when one The University of Manchester is a " red brick " civic University located in Manchester, England. 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 contact lounge bar and Hot Air, a reactive public artwork in the foyer space.