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Wuxi Grand Theatre in Jiangsu, China by PES-Architects

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Article source: PES-Architects

Finnish Design is internationally reknownfor its concepts of clear and functional style, which meet the needs of the users from a long term perspective.  The first large scale example of Finnish design in China was completed by the opening of the Wuxi Grand Theatre in April 2012.  Its design was not only a question of architecture, but the whole design- from functional program to interior design, landscape design, theatre technology, lighting and acoustic design – was controlled by the PES-Architects’ team.

Image Courtesy © Jussi Tiainen

  • Architects: PES-Architects
  • Project: Wuxi Grand Theatre
  • Location:  to the North of Jinshi Road, North bank of Lake Li, Taihu New City, Wuxi, P.R.China
  • Photography: Jussi Tiainen, Pan Weijun, Kari Palsila
  • Client: Office for the Important Urban Projects in Wuxi/Fan Chun Yu, Zhou Jian
  • User:  Wuxi Culture and Art Administration Center
  • Floor area: 78 000 m2  
  • Year of completion: 2012
  • Start of design: 2008
  • Competition: June 2008

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New Theatre in Montalto di Castro, Italy by MDU Architetti

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Article source: MDU Architetti

“The design for the New Theatre in Montalto di Castro has a twofold objective: it is proposed as a conceptual model for measuring the territory and at the same time it attempts to express, through architecture, the magic of a theatrical event felt by the audience.

Image Courtesy © Pietro Savorelli

  • Architects: MDU Architetti
  • Project: New Theatre in Montalto di Castro, Italy
  • Location: Montalto di Castro, Italy
  • Photographers: Pietro Savorelli
  • Program: theatre
  • Client: Municipality of Montalto di Castro, Italy
  • Architects: MDU Architetti (Alessandro Corradini, Valerio Barberis, Marcello Marchesini, Cristiano Cosi)
  • Collaborators: Nicola Becagli, Michele Fiesoli
  • Structural engineers: ACS ingegneri – Alberto Antonelli, Iacopo Ceramelli, Daniele Storai
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineer: Federico Boragine
  • Sound design: Gianluca Zoppi
  • Economic estimates: Antonio Silvestri
  • Theatre scenery design: Roberto Cosi
  • Software used: Autocad LT to develop all construction documents

Cultural Centre in Pontault Combault, France by archi5 with B. Huidobro

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Article source: archi5

Located in Pontault Combault, a medium sized town about 30 km from Paris, this cultural project is a mix of several programs.
– A theatre / auditorium
– A mediatheque
– Music studios
– Exhibition rooms and areas

Image Courtesy Thomas Jorion

  • Architects: archi5 with B. Huidobro.
  • Project name: Cultural Centre
  • Location: Pontault Combault, France
  • Architecture and urbanism agency: archi5prod
  • Photographer: Thomas Jorion
  • Client: City of Pontault Combault.
  • Programme: Construction of a cultural centre comprising a 350 seats theater/auditorium. Mediatheque. Practice rooms.
  • Surface: 3 140 m²
  • Cost: 3 804 594 € Excl tax.
  • Time-Table: competition 2005 – Completion 2008

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Theatre de Saint-Nazaire in Paris, France by K-Architecture

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Article source: K-Architecture

The site on which the theatre is built has seen some glamorous times. In its days as a train station, it would welcome the rich socialites coming off the transatlantic liners. Opened in 1867, ten years after the Paris-Saint-Nazaire line started running, the station is a variation on Hausmannian neo-classicism, in the style of the Parisian stations.

Image Courtesy © luc boegly

  • Architects: K-Architecture
  • Project: Theatre de Saint-Nazaire
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Patrick Miara, luc boegly
  • Contracting team: Sonadev for the City of Saint-Nazaire
  • Project management Architect: – K-architectures, Karine Herman et Jérôme Sigwalt, architects Olivier Jonchère, architecte chef de projet Alexandre Plantady, architecte chef de projet esquisse
  • Consultants: Changement à Vue (stage design), Altia (acoustics), Alto (fluids), Khephren (structure), Bougon (economist)

Abandoned 1920s cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin, Germany by LAVA visualisations

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Article source: Moritz Gruppe/LAVA

An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of Berlin.

The semi-derelict music hall theatre, built in 1905 on Gartenstraße in Berlin Mitte, has been buried in 30 tonnes of rubble since 1934 when it closed, perhaps as part of a  crackdown on the cabaret scene by the Nazi regime.

Image Courtesy Moritz Gruppe GmbH/Ronny Goyn

  • Architects: LAVA visualisations
  • Project: Abandoned 1920s cabaret theatre discovered in Berlin
  • Location: Berlin, Germany

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Tianjin Grand Theater in China by gmp Architekten

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Article source: gmp Architekten

The Grand Theater occupies the key position in the newly built Culture Park of Tianjin. The circular shape of the roof construction corresponds with the existing Museum of Natural History so that an architectural dialogue of an earth-bound and a “floating” circular volume is created to both ends of the park. Earth and sky represent a fundamental thinking in Chinese philosophy.

Bird‘s view day - Image Courtesy Christian Gahl

  • Architects: gmp Architekten
  • Project: Tianjin Grand Theater, China
  • Location: Tianjin, China
  • Competition: 2009 – 1st prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
  • Project leaders: David Schenke, Xu Shan
  • Design team: Tobias Keyl, Matthias Grünewald, Martin Gänsicke, Susan Schwarz, Verena Fischbach, Bin
  • Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme, Duc Nguyen, Di Wu, Fang Xie
  • Project team: Tobias Keyl, Martin Gänsicke, Annette Löber, Plamen Stamatov, Sebastian Brecht, Huan Zhu, Carina Slowak, Ting Zhang, Johannes Erdmann, Michael Tümmers, Lu Han, Di Wu, Fang Xie, Zheng Wang, Bin Zhou, Jan Demel, Thilo Zehme
  • Photos: Christian Gahl

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Open House BIC in Bangalore, India by Aetrangere

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Aetrangere

It is three decades since Indian cities like Bangalore have witnessed an urban transformation. An urgent growth is taking place around the country and the Urban and Rural are transforming dramatically. It is not only the consequence of globalization but also due to the giant economic shifts from the west to the east.

Our proposal seeks to show a unique path to allow a soft transition of values from urban to nature and from modernity to local culture. We seek to install a landmark image which catalyzes the potential of this central site in the emerging Bangalore.

Image Courtesy © Aetrangere

  • Architects: Aetrangere
  • Project: Open House BIC
  • Location: Central Bangalore (Domlur), India
  • Photo credit: Aetrangere
  • Project Description: Bangalore International Centre Complex
  • Associated Arch.: Karun Kumbera Architects and Urbanists. Mehdi Boulkroun Architect
  • Type: Open International Ideas Competition
  • Client: Bangalore International Centre
  • Program: Exhibition space, public space, library, parking, lecture hall, documentation center, guest, restaurant, Café accommodation, library, garden, terrace

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Film Theatre Hilversum in Netherlands by Arc2 architecten & MOOST

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Article source:  Arc2 architecten & MOOST

The Film Theatre Hilversum consists of three cinemas. The glass frontage merges the foyer with the public space outside. The supporting frame is built in laminated wood, and organizes the foyer into a number of cosy niches where audience members can enjoy a drink before the film. The volume of the theatre nestles under a bend in a vehicle ramp. On this side its facade is opaque with a scaly cladding of fibre-cement sheeting.

Image Courtesy Martijn Heil

  • Architects:  Arc2 architecten & MOOST
  • Project: Film Theatre Hilversum 
  • Location: Hilversum, Netherlands
  • Client:  Filmtheater Hilversum
  • Completion: 2008
  • Photography: Martijn Heil

Image Courtesy Martijn Heil

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Imperial Centre Theatre in Rocky Mount, North Carolina by Clark Nexsen

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Article source: Clark Nexsen

The site for the Imperial Centre Theatre is across an abandoned street from the historically significant Imperial Tobacco Company cigarette factory in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. This site, which has been a city park for the past century, was formerly occupied by a public swimming pool. The Imperial Centre Theatre is linked to the larger complex by an enclosed bridge that spans over the abandoned roadway. This bridge is designed to allow the presence of the historically significant street to be understood while minimizing the impact on the character of the original buildings. The structure and plan alignment of the bridge were derived from the existing overhead gantry previously used for transporting coal to the central boilers. The Imperial Centre Theatre seats 300 people in a surprisingly intimate relation to the stage.

Image Courtesy JWest Productions

  • Architects: Clark Nexsen (formerly Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee)
  • Project: Imperial Centre Theatre
  • Location: Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • Client: City of Rocky Mount
  • Project Team: Jeffrey Lee, Irvin Pearce, David Francis, Nelson Tang
  • Size: 35,000 SF / 300 seats
  • Photographs: JWest Productions

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Stairway Cinema in Auckland, New Zealand by Oh.No.Sumo

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Article source: Oh.No.Sumo

Stairway Cinema is the third installation by OH.NO.SUMO.

Our ongoing goal is to experiment with architecture and the way it can engage with the public in unique and exciting ways. This project takes inspiration from the site and its inhabitants. The site is the busy pedestrian intersection of two inner city streets in Auckland, New Zealand. It is located between two universities and is a place of ‘unconsidered waiting’. Bus stops and laundromats create a dispersed hard-scape that results in numerous instances of poor quality waiting, while simultaneously failing to provide quality space for social interaction. Members of the public retreat individually into the media offered on their mobile phones. This in turn results in greater separation and dislocation from an existing community that is waiting to be activated. A community must be linked not only virtually but also physically.

Image Courtesy Simon Devitt

  • Architects: Oh.No.Sumo
  • Project: Stairway Cinema
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Project Team: Patrick Loo, Sarosh Mulla, James Pearce & Katherine O’Shaughnessy
  • Client: St Paul St Gallery
  • Project Year: April 2012
  • Software used: Revit 2012 to model and  document the design

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