Text description provided by the architects. The UMI-play Children’s Dramatic Arts Center is a playful and imaginative educational space for children to explore and grow within the performing arts. This 550sqm interior is composed of two distinct spaces and geometries, derivative of psychological studies and research, the dual areas are designed to encourage and support different behaviors and processes of learning and development.
The primary space is comprised of a fluid and natural geometry, adaptable to various performance, expressive and improvisational activities. The second space, a series of 4 adaptable
Landscape Architecture: Brook McIlroy – Colin Berman, Kamyar Abbasi, Jordan Wu
Timber Contractor: Nicola LogWorks – John Boys
Construction Project Manager: Oakridge Landscape Contractor – Mark Poloniato
Text description provided by the architects. With this project, Mohawk College envisioned a place that celebrates First Nations, Métis, and Inuit culture within the everyday experience of the college campus and honors 15,000 years of Indigenous history on this territory. Developed through an inclusive and iterative community consultation process, the HOOP Dance creates a unique outdoor space with deep layers of meaning woven into the fabric of its elements.
Set in the college’s main courtyard, the HOOP Dance Gathering Place
Text description provided by the architects. The DOX+ complex of buildings expands the DOX Contemporary Art Centre in Prague, the Czech Republic. The original complex focusing on exhibition areas was expanded by special areas for dance, music, film and a school of architecture. DOX+ consist of three buildings: administrative with the school of architecture, an experimental music and dance hall
Client: CA Val de Bièvre. Etablissement Public Territorial – Grand-Orly Seine Bièvre
A CURTAIN RISES OVER THE CITY The new Theater of Cachan aims to transform the neighborhood with an urban, cultural and social point of view. The entrance of the Theatre, like an outstretched hand that prompts and guides visitors, is marked by a fold that paces the length of the façade. The building appears as a simple volume, made up of two overlapping entities.
A first transparent volume disconnects the project
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Upon opening its doors for the first time on a rainy winter’s night in 1932, the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan was proclaimed so extraordinarily beautiful as to need no performers at all. The first built component of the massive Rockefeller Center, the Music Hall has been the world’s largest indoor theater for over eighty years. With its elegant Art Deco interiors and complex stage machinery, the theater defied tradition to set a new standard for modern entertainment venues that remains to this day.
Industrialist and noted philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. was approached in 1928 by a group of leading New York citizens seeking to build a new opera house for the Metropolitan Opera Company. Though Rockefeller himself
Text description provided by the architects. Helsinki and Shanghai based studio, PES-Architects, have completed their seventh project in China: the FuzhouStrait Culture and Art Centre. Fuzhou is the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian Province. It has been ranked one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world. In 2013, the Fuzhou Government hosted an international invited competition for the Strait Culture and Art Centre
Text description provided by the architects. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, the extraordinary architecture of Weiwuying is inspired by the sinuous canopy created by clusters of banyan trees commonly found in the
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Text description provided by the architects. The building has an interesting dual relationship, the first floor is used for music and dance, while the second floor accommodates plastic arts. The two levels (and therefore the programmatic areas) are linked by a generous open-air (covered) grand staircase-hall-gallery which articulates and simultaneously acts as a meeting, performance and exhibition space.
Brick was chosen as the predominant material for the building, as the Arts Center sought to be integrated with the existing classroom buildings.
Text description provided by the architects. The project of the Auditorium of the CABB resulted from a request to renovate a large disused space on the first floor of a neo-academic heritage building in the city of Bahia Blanca. It had been recently acquired by the College and had functioned as the headquarters of the newspaper ‘The New Province’ since the beginning of the twentieth century. A new wooden-paneled frame was introduced inside the masonry frame, twice the pre-existing height, to form a double cavity. The new prism created was adjusted in proportion to the overall structure, thereby managing
Text description provided by the architects. Event Hall is located on the border of the town in a confusing environment made of architectural wanderings constituting a dissonant heteroclite system. The project doesn’t take elements of this existing situation but assumes its ability to drive a new ambition in this district. It dissolves the massive volumetry within a system where the scale is decomposed, and the relation to the building is changing. The ground treatment participates in this device by avoiding large asphalt surfaces in favor of several mineral and vegetable materials.
Design Team: East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co.,Ltd , UD Architectural Design Institute, Wujie Rong, Zhengyue Liu, Ying Liu, Zhou Fang, Lin Lin, Qingyu Zheng, Hao Shi, Chengwei Liu, Chengqi Liu, Xiaoli Liu, Ji Zhang, Jin Zhang, Haijun Li, Shu Huang, Xing Hua, Haidong Sun, Junfeng Yu, Liping Xing, Yu Wang, Yanmin Qian, Bin Zheng
Client: Shanghai Automotive Industry (Group) Corporation General Motors Corporation, China Welfare Institute, Shanghai Children's Art Theatre
From the architect. SAIC - GM Pavilion (abbreviated GM Pavilion) is one of the enterprise Pavilions during Shanghai World Expo 2010 Shanghai, Providing high-tech means to shows people the future vision for the urban mobility systems. The concept of GM Pavilion was inspired by the shape
From the architect. Held over seven days and visited by over 350,000 people, Fleadh Cheoil na h Éireann is the world’s largest traditional Irish music festival, and was hosted in Sligo, Ireland during the 2015 version. NósWorkshop was invited to build a temporary stage for the festival, sheltering performances and providing a giant notice board to promote the festival events.
Built to the proportion of Sligo’s imposing Town Hall, the stage catches the eyes of pedestrians on the nearby streets, drawing them to the festival.
The design was made for quick construction, without compromising existing facilities. By positioning the performance area in front of the Town Hall, its façade was used as a backdrop.
The appearance of the repeating trusses was inspired by the rhythm of an accordion, as well as mimicking the rhythm of the Town Hall elevation,
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture
Having won a competition to design a large complex at the heart of the Pearl River Delta in China, PLP has unveiled their winning entry, with a master plan comprising four buildings: the Platform for Contemporary Arts, the Lizhi Park Tower, the Concourse, and the Nexus - a 600-meter tall office and hotel tower that will be the masterplan's centerpiece and the region's tallest skyscraper.
Avoiding the lateral loads and lifting requirements typical of bar or slab configurations, the Nexus Building's mass is redeveloped into several smaller volumes organized into families, similar to a tripod or outrigger. The resulting configurations all encourage natural lighting and cooling, flexibility and connections to the environment to create a pleasant work environment. As the tower moves up in height, it responds to different surroundings; in the lower third, it reacts to
Rendered View. Image Courtesy of Flanagan Lawrence
Flanagan Lawrence has won a competition to design a new Summer Theatre in Kasprowicza Park, Szczecin, Poland. The outdoor performance space will update an original structure, including its concrete arch, designed by Zbigniew Abrahamowicz and opened to the public in 1976. Read more about this project after the break.
The new design is meant to maximize the flexibility of the 1976 theatre for a variety of performances, adding a roof to enclose the stage and audience; and adding 2500 seats, a box office, bathrooms, a café and a refurbished backstage area.
The roof has been acoustically optimised to “enhance and project the natural acoustic for orchestral events” by being structural independent of the existing arch. A curved truss serves as the edge beam of a single cable net
When it was completed in 1976, the National Theatre actually housed three separate theatre spaces: a so-called “Open Theatre,” a traditional proscenium theatre, and an experimental studio theatre. When Lasdun was hired for the project in 1963, the plan also called for an Opera House, with all four venues combined in a single complex along the Thames River, where the Jubilee Gardens are now located. However, in 1966 a new parliament eliminated funding for the Opera House
After we won the competition in March 2007 the biggest question was how we would realise the building, and in particular how we would to manufacture the skin. The covered outside space, a seamless curved canopy would be reminiscent of the Banyan trees found in the park.
We analyzed many materials - stucco, tiles, concrete, membrane – but none were suitable. Not from a technical point of view or a logical point of view. Many of those materials needed a backing, mould or frame. Therefore you would be building the shape twice. We wanted a pure, single material. And I knew we had to look somewhere else. The building practice was not going
General Contractor: Arita Poulson General Contracting
Structural Engineer: Walter Vorfeld & Associates
Civil Engineer: Otomo Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Morikawa & Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Neal S. Nishida, PE
Landscape Architect: Mayberry & Associates
Owner: Seabury Hall
Construction Value: $5.4 Million
From the architect. The project is a 10,500 sf assembly and performance space for Seabury Hall, a college preparatory school in Makawao on the island of Maui. The project replaces an existing assembly space that was small, dark, inflexible, unsafe, and poorly ventilated.
The site is a narrow promontory on the edge of the campus with views of Haleakala to the east and the ocean to the west. Its location at the