Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Modiin Theater in Israel by Knafo Klimor Achitects
May 27th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Knafo Klimor Achitects
Public buildings, among them theaters, were traditionally built in city centers, adjacent to government and religion buildings. Along history, theaters carried a symbolic role, a place of cultural and architectural values, a demonstration of technology and innovation.
Therefore, building a theater hall away from an urban center, within a high-tech complex, near the airport, is not an obvious idea. Nevertheless, it carries a clear and reasonable architectural statement.
The theater’s interior as opposed to its exterior monumental appearance, has a very functional design. The theater is essentially a dark box, detached from its immediate surroundings, a space where illusions, stories and shows are created and performed.
We may assume that if the theater is an independent building, not necessarily connected to the intensive urban center, by its entity and function, and if the artistic occurrence, which takes place on its stage, is not immediately exposed to the streets or the square, than its presence in the city center is no longer a prerequisite for its performance. Moreover, the presence of a significant cultural institution such as a theatre within a business center has benefits: it allows conducting cultural activities in the periphery area, and enable employees an easy access to them and use existing parking space and infrastructure in the evening and weekends. In addition, its presence may contribute to businesses branding in its surrounding.
Establishing a theater outside an urban center creates an opportunity to experience a different architecture vocabulary, with no commitment to a strict urban pattern, to a defined urban heritage and to building traditional. This reality allows presentation of neutral tolerant architecture, open to personal interpretation, an architecture that accept a cultural pluralism, and that is inspired by nature and people in the place.
Modiin Theatre offers a performing hall with 720 seats, a huge stage over 400 square meters, and a number of halls for hosting conferences and lectures. The hall, with its bubble shape, represent a source of light, enclosed in a clear glass box, which together connect perfectly with the surrounding, inviting people for meetings, conversations and participation in cultural activities.
The building is designed to meet the code (regulatory) of Green Buildings Standards using eco materials, and saving significant energy, aiming at mitigating the impact of the building on the natural environment.
Modiin Theatre is open to varied communities and different age group and it presents a challenging case for an architecture of global condition with secular values.
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