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Taichung Metropolitan Opera House in Taiwan by ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Sunday, June 10th, 2012


An exciting new cultural venue for the city of Taichung and an important landmark in its Civic District. Set on an urban grid, the Taichung Metropolitan Opera House defines the cultural axis and its site is influenced by a number of urban force fields, with secondary influences further shaping its implicit flows.

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Project: Taichung Metropolitan Opera House
  • Location: Taichung, Taiwan
  • Year of Completion: 2006  
  • Client:   Taichung Municipal Government
  • Type:   Competition / Research
  • Grand Auditorium: 2009 seats
  • Drama Theatre: 800 seats
  • Black Box Theatre: 200 seats

Render © Zaha Hadid Architects


The Arch Cultural Center in Mandal, Norway by 3XN

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Article source: 3XN

The Cultural Centre ”Buen” (The Arch) in the Southern Norwegian village of Mandal is shaped like a green blanket that elevates and integrates the building in the surrounding landscape. The glass façade opens up and exposes the lobby to the river bank allowing plenty of daylight into the building. The building is adjusted in colour, scale and proportion to the characteristic and picturesque Norwegian wooden houses by the river’s edge.

Image Courtesy Adam M¢rk

  • Architects: 3XN
  • Project: The Arch Cultural Center
  • Location: Havnegt. 2, 4515 Mandal, Norway
  • Client: Halse Property, Norway
  • Engineer: Rambøll, Norway
  • Landscape: Asplan Viak, Norway
  • Theatre Technique: AIX architects, Sweden


La Vitrine culturelle in Montreal, Canada by Moment Factory

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Article source: Moment Factory

La Vitrine Culturelle is located in the heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles theatre district–an area known as a showcase for pioneering uses of multimedia technologies. After winning several awards for its interactive LED facade at La Vitrine’s former information centre at the Place-des-Arts, La Vitrine once again asked Moment Factory to push the boundaries of multimedia environments for their new and highly-visible location at the corner of Saint-Laurent and Sainte-Catherine. Moment Factory created an artistic installation that represents the effervescence of the city’s culture of design and innovation, while doubling as an informative and interactive medium.

La Vitrine culturelle

  • Architects: Moment Factory
  • Project: La Vitrine culturelle
  • Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Software used: x-agora


Beirut House of Arts and Culture in Lebanon by François Blanciak Architect

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Article source: François Blanciak Architect

As a way to organize this cultural venue in a coherent way regarding program, light, and public space, the project re-uses the symbolic morphology of the archetypal pitch-roof house. The upper part of the building is composed of three main volumes that respectively contain artistic, cultural, and house-related spaces, and which are linked by a large triangular void. Structurally, two continuous circulation cores support the edifice and connect all the various disciplines from bottom to top.

Beirut House of Arts and Culture

  • Architects: François Blanciak Architect
  • Project: Beirut House of Arts and Culture
  • Location: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Collaborator: Zoheir Mottaki
  • Program: theaters+ gallery+library
  • Type: competition
  • Date: 2009
  • Area: 15000m²


FoyerCulturelPDA in Montreal, Canada by MSDL Architectes

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article source: Msdl Architectes


Since its opening in 1963, Montreal’s Place des Arts has been the centre of cultural and artistic life in the city. Its location relative to Place d’Armes in the historical district consciously established a strong axis for commercial and cultural development in the city. Including the original Wilfrid-Pelletier concert hall, Place des Arts now regroups five performing arts venues (six with the projected OSM concert hall) and a museum all linked by an interior hall and an exterior esplanade. It annually plays host to some of the city’s biggest international cultural events and constitutes the heart of the recent Quartier des Spectacles development meant to firmly establish the metropolis as an international centre for the performing arts.

Images Courtesy Stéphane Groleau

  • Architect: MSDL Architectes
  • Name of Project: FoyerCulturelPDA
  • Location: Montreal, Canada
  • Anticipated completion: November 2009
  • Budget: 11M$
  • Photography: Stéphane Groleau, Bettinger


Kilden in Kristiansand, Norway by ALA Architects

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Article source: ALA Architects

Kilden, a theatre and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city?s institutions of performing arts. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall accommodating 1200 attendees. Agder Theater, a regional group, is performing in a theater with a capacity of 700. The theater hall can be transformed to accommodate opera performances to house the ensemble Opera South. In addition, there is a stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.

Night view

  • Architect: ALA Architects
  • Name of project: Kilden
  • Location: Kristiansand, Norway
  • Type: Performing Arts Centre
  • Credit of images: Kjartan Belland, Tuomas Uusheimo and Hufton Crow
  • Software used: AutoCad Architecture


Changzhou Culture Center in China by gmp Architekten

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Article source: gmp Architekten

The architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) have been awarded first prize in the international competition to build the Culture Center in the newly created Changzhou city center – competing against KSP – Jürgen Engel Architects, Arata Isozaki and other leading practices. With a total floor area of 365,000 square metres, the building in this city of three million, between Wuxi and Nanjing, is six times the size of the Louvre in Paris. The new building complex includes a number of museums such as an arts museum, a science and technology museum and a library, together with service facilities supporting the center for culture in the Xinbei district of the city.

Exterior View

  • Architect: gmp Architekten
  • Name of Project: Changzhou Culture Center
  • Location: Changzhou, China
  • Competition: 2012 – 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
  • Chinese Partner: Wei Wu
  • Competition Team: Martin Friedrich, Sebastian Schmidt, Kong Bu Hong, Jiang Lan Lan, Yao Yao, Zhang Zhen, Gao Shu San, Dominika Gnatowicz, Sa Xiaodong


Patronaat in Haarlem, the Netherlands by diederendirrix architects

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Article source: diederendirrix architects

Haarlem’s pop music venue consists of a foyer and a large auditorium stacked on top of a smaller one so that the program fits neatly into the designated space. An internal street for loading and unloading runs through the building and activity there is fully visible to visitors. This is appropriate for a cultural institution such as this where, other than in the theatre or concert hall, there is no strict separation between front and back stage. Here, a night out means more than just attending a concert and for this reason, emphasis is placed on the visual relationships and routes through the building.

Front View (Images Courtesy Arthur Bagen)

  • Architect: diederendirrix architects
  • Name of Project: Patronaat
  • Location: Haarlem, the Netherlands
  • Area: 4.100 m2
  • Realized: June 2005
  • Photographs: Arthur Bagen
  • Software used: Autocad 2011 in combination with SketchUp


The Hangar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by diederendirrix architects

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Article source: diederendirrix architects 

In the centre of Meerrijk, a Vinex-district in Eindhoven, a typical airplane hangar plus several other buildings, form a valuable piece of industrial heritage which keep the memory of the former Welschap airport alive. Redevelopment plus expansion into a complex for recreational and educational functions has transformed the hangar into a vital cultural centre for the district.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Arthur Bagen)

  • Architect: diederendirrix architects 
  • Name of Project: The Hangar
  • Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Area: 8.600 m2
  • Realized: March 2009
  • Photographs: Arthur Bagen


Dynamo in Eindhoven, The Netherlands by diederendirrix architects

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Article source: diederendirrix architects 

The cultural youth centre Dynamo is a social service organization which provides practical assistance to young people in matters of schooling, housing, financial help and employment. It also keeps loitering youngsters off the streets by offering sports facilities, a fitness room and a pop concert hall for 550 visitors. To keep the youngsters in touch with street life the building has an open entrance zone and a large window that connects the inside with the outside.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Arthur Bagen)

  • Architect: diederendirrix architects
  • Project: Dynamo
  • Location:  Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Area: 4.000 m2
  • Realized: May 2005
  • Client: Municipality of Eindhoven
  • Project team: Bert Dirrix, Timo Keulen, Remco Mulder, Tom Kuipers, Quyen Dang, Iwan Westerveen
  • Advisors: Adviesbureau Tielemans Bouwconstructies bv, Advies- en Ingenieursbureau DHV bv, Jansen Raadgevend Ingenieursbureau
  • Contractor: BAM Utiliteitsbouw bv
  • Interior architects: Bert Dirrix, Timo Keulen, Remco Mulder, Tribe Productions bv
  • Photographs: Arthur Bagen


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