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Seoul’s New Community Art Complex Celebrates Cultural and Artistic Engagement

16:00 - 18 March, 2017
Seoul’s New Community Art Complex Celebrates Cultural and Artistic Engagement , Courtesy of Arcbody Architects
Courtesy of Arcbody Architects

A competition organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government for the design of a new local art complex has been won by Korean firm Arcbody Architects. The brief called for the development of a new cultural hub revolving around the arts, to capitalize on local historical infrastructure and provide opportunities for creative enjoyment, education, and research.

"Art complex, Pyeongchang-dong, Seoul will be a multiplex community hub that connects human, cultural organizations, schools and academic associations with the art archive as the medium and aims to be a space for creative and artistic social activities,” explained the architects. 

Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects Courtesy of Arcbody Architects +13

Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design

12:00 - 31 January, 2017
Soar Through MVRDV's Competition-Winning Zaanstad Cultural Center Design, © MVRDV
© MVRDV

MVRDV has released new renderings and a flythrough of their competition-winning design for a new cultural center in the city of Zaanstad in the Netherlands. Borrowing architectural motifs from the historic Zaan House, the design flips the traditional form inside out to create a new living room for the city. Inside, the building will become the new home of a film house, a library, a performing and visual arts centre, a pop music centre, a music school, a centre for design and a local radio station.

Check out the video below.

© MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV © MVRDV +4

EFFEKT's Winning Proposal Converts Abandoned Warehouse Into Cultural Hub

06:00 - 23 January, 2017
EFFEKT's Winning Proposal Converts Abandoned Warehouse Into Cultural Hub, © EFFEKT
© EFFEKT

Copenhagen-based firm EFFEKT has won a competition to design a new Streetmekka in Viborg, Denmark, through the repurposing of an abandoned former windmill factory in the city’s industrial sector. The winning proposal, aims to instill a newfound sense of identity and value into one of the many leftover warehouse buildings, in the form of a new cultural center for street art, sport, and culture. 

The Viborg Municipality and GAME, a Danish street sports NGO, announced that the competition’s purpose was to enable social and cultural change, specifically through empowerment of local youth.

© EFFEKT The skate-bowl. Image © EFFEKT The northern passage - "The Ditch". Image © EFFEKT The central space - "The Street". Image © EFFEKT +16

White Arkitekter Proposes Transparent "Lantern" Design for Akershus Art Center

08:00 - 2 January, 2017
White Arkitekter Proposes Transparent "Lantern" Design for Akershus Art Center, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has proposed a timber-framed "lantern" design for in a new addition to the local art center in Akershus, Norway as part of a limited architecture competition. The design by White Arkitekter was selected as a runner-up, with Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter named the winner. White’s design aims to connect the art facilities to adjacent historical institutions and create additional public space.

Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter Courtesy of White Arkitekter +10

Watch How Diller Scofidio + Renfro's "Shed" Transforms at New York's High Line

16:10 - 1 August, 2016

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Rockwell Group has released a new animation of “The Shed” (previously known as “The Culture Shed”), a convertible cultural center designed for New York City’s Hudson Yards development overlooking The High Line. When complete, the building will contain 170,000 square feet of exhibition space for temporary installations, concerts, performances and other cultural productions. Watch in the video as The Shed grows out of its partnering residential skyscraper, also designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Rockwell Group, and transforms to serve various program types.

A part of Phase 1 of the Hudson Yards project, construction on The Shed began in mid-2015 and is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The venue will serve as the new home of several high profile events, including New York Fashion Week.

Tippet Rise Art Center Combines Architecture, Art, Music and Mountains in Montana

09:30 - 17 July, 2016
Tippet Rise Art Center Combines Architecture, Art, Music and Mountains in Montana, Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini
Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini

What do Frederic Chopin, Alexander Calder and Montana's Bear Tooth Mountains have in common? A long summer day at Tippet Rise Art Center seeks to make the connections audible, visible, tangible.

Founded by philanthropists and artists Cathy and Peter Halstead and inaugurated in June 2016, Tippet Rise began as—and largely remains—a working ranch. It sprawls across 11,500 acres of rolling hills and alluvial mesas of southwestern. To the west rise the snowy heights of the Bear Tooth Mountains. Off to the east, hills give way to golden prairies that stretch out to the horizon.

Into this privileged landscape, the Halsteads and team have strategically inserted massive outdoor sculptures by Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Stephen Talasnik, plus three specially commissioned works by the Spanish architectural firm Ensamble Studio. And hidden in a small depression near the entrance of the massive ranch, the LEED Platinum-certified Olivier Barn serves as both base camp for visitors and a state-of-the-art concert hall.

Beartooth Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Iwan Baan Domo / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini Olivier Barn / Alban Bassuet with Laura Viklund and Arup engineering. Image © Andre Costantini Inverted Portal / Ensamble Studio. Image © Andre Costantini +52

Twelve Architects' Reveals Their Design for International Exhibition Center in Russia

14:00 - 9 July, 2016
Twelve Architects' Reveals Their Design for International Exhibition Center in Russia, Courtesy of Twelve Architects
Courtesy of Twelve Architects

After receiving building permit approval, Twelve Architects has revealed their design for a 42,000 square meter international exhibition center in YekaterinburgRussia. The design, which houses a series of conference halls, a media center, gallery, exhibition space, seminar rooms and lounges, has been developed from their initial 2015 competition winning entry. Partnership with a local practice has helped to guide the design of the center, enabling the creation of a major cultural hub within Yekaterinburg.

This Ecological Cultural Center is Designed to Celebrate the Tradition of Marimba Music

16:10 - 8 July, 2016
This Ecological Cultural Center is Designed to Celebrate the Tradition of Marimba Music, Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos
Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos

The offices of Caá Porá, Siete86 and Ingeniera Alternativa have released designs for “Palenque Cultural Tambillo,” a cultural center dedicated to the artistic tradition of marimba music in the Afroecuadorean town of Tambillo, Ecuador. Consisting of a performance and meeting hall, two multi-use classrooms, rehearsal spaces, an artisanal instrument workshop and ecologically friendly public bathrooms, the project is planned to become one piece of a network of cultural centers to be built in the UNESCO heritage province of Esmeraldas.

Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos Courtesy of Caá Porá Arquitectos +7

Rising from the Ashes: Krakow University Student Creates Vision for the Volcanic Island of Fogo

10:30 - 30 June, 2016
Rising from the Ashes: Krakow University Student Creates Vision for the Volcanic Island of Fogo, © Adrian Kasperski
© Adrian Kasperski

The 2016 Venice Biennale has highlighted that dealing with natural disasters may become one of the main preoccupations of architecture in the future. But nature has its destructive ways, and volcanic eruptions are among the most extreme case in point. On the Island of Fogo (Cape Verde), the Natural Park Venue designed by OTO – and elected Best Building of the Year 2015 by Archdaily readers – was destroyed by molten lava flow only one year after its opening in 2013. The building, which combined a cultural center and administrative activities, helped to activate the economy in the island’s most remote area. Following the disaster, Adrian Kasperski, a student at Krakow University, devoted his master’s thesis to the redevelopment of this area, by proposing the expansion of the existing roads and hiking trails and designing facilities to improve alternative tourism offerings.

Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw

06:00 - 30 June, 2016
Georges Batzios Architects Propose Cultural Center Made Entirely of Straw , Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects
Courtesy of Georges Batzios Architects

A proposal from George Batzios Architects for the Konaki Averof Cultural Center in Greece uses a cutting edge, sustainable approach to revive a deeply historical site. The design intertwines elements of architecture and agriculture to refit an existing structure with reference to the Thessalian plains on which it lies. The new architecture recreates the existing envelopes with straw cladding, regenerating the "golden environment" which defined the place in the late 19th century.

White Arkitekter Designs Nordic Region's Tallest Timber Building for Skellefteå Cultural Center

14:00 - 9 June, 2016
White Arkitekter Designs Nordic Region's Tallest Timber Building for Skellefteå Cultural Center, Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has been announced as the winners of an international design competition for a hotel and cultural center in the city of SkellefteåSweden. Selected from over 55 entries from ten countries, the winning proposal "Sida vid sida" (Side-by-side) calls for a 19-story timber structure containing a concert hall, museum, art gallery, city library and a four-star hotel. The new building will be the tallest wood-framed building in the Nordic region.

Alper Derinboğaz, Salon Designs PARKOPERA Cultural Center for Antalya

13:00 - 6 February, 2016
Alper Derinboğaz, Salon Designs PARKOPERA Cultural Center for Antalya, Courtesy of Alper Derinboğaz, Salon
Courtesy of Alper Derinboğaz, Salon

PARKOPERA, a cultural facility designed by Alper Derinboğaz, Salon, is a center of attraction that will be situated between apartment buildings and within a neighborhood park in Antalya, Turkey. Through the development of both the building and the outdoor space around it, the center creates multiple opportunities for the community to come together and enjoy various cultural events.

AR Issues: How Cultural Buildings Can Help Prevent Gentrification, Not Cause It

09:30 - 9 January, 2016
AR Issues: How Cultural Buildings Can Help Prevent Gentrification, Not Cause It, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this introduction to the January 2016 issue, Editor Christine Murray recounts what we know about gentrification, and how cultural buildings can be planned to encourage - rather than destroy - a neighborhood's cultural vibrancy.

Cultural buildings are the new town halls: more socially inclusive than the pub or the church.

The best cultural projects act as public spaces, schools for continuing education, crucibles for talent, fostering innovation and social happenings, from yoga classes to children’s libraries. When free of entry charge, they are a place you can go to learn, rather than just buy – a triumph of experience over consumerism.

But what we’ve learned from the failure of the icon-building boom is that, for a cultural building to really contribute to a city, it must be part of a social ecosystem, not simply a place for tourists to visit. A cultural hub must be connected into a pre-existing cultural vibrancy, supported by decent infrastructure and a community that actually lives there.

TEC Designs Artisanal Shopping and Cultural Center in Quito, Ecuador

08:00 - 31 December, 2015
TEC Designs Artisanal Shopping and Cultural Center in Quito, Ecuador, © Cristian Guano, Courtesy of Taller EC (TEC)
© Cristian Guano, Courtesy of Taller EC (TEC)

Taller EC (TEC) has released the plans for the Plaza Artesanal Reina Victoria, a cultural project located in the northern, central part of Quito, Ecuador. Situated in front of a traditional artisan’s market, the new proposal consists of a set of autonomous pieces of different sizes connected by an interior plaza.

3TI Progetti's Civic Center in Villacidro is Inspired by Italian Poetry

06:00 - 16 December, 2015
3TI Progetti's Civic Center in Villacidro is Inspired by Italian Poetry, Exterior Rendered View. Image via v2com newswire
Exterior Rendered View. Image via v2com newswire

The new Civic Center by 3TI Progetti in Villacidro, Italy, is sited at an important reference point for the city, due to both its history and natural features.  Located in the "historic garden of the Episcopal Palace," the new center re-interprets the surrounding urban elements, redefining the relationships between its urban and natural surroundings. Read more about this project after the break.

Libeskind Unveils Design for New Lithuanian Modern Art Center

14:20 - 24 November, 2015
Libeskind Unveils Design for New Lithuanian Modern Art Center, © Studio Daniel Libeskind
© Studio Daniel Libeskind

Plans have been revealed for a new Modern Art Center (MAC) in the historic city of Vilnius, Lithuania. The 3100-square-meter "three-dimensional public space," as architect Daniel Libeskind describes it, is designed to be a "cultural gateway" that connects the city's 18th century grid and medieval walled city. 

“We wanted to create a museum for the people of Lithuania, and also give this collection a home and an international audience. This collection is about the cultural legacy of the country,” said founder Viktoras Butkus. “Libeskind’s work is expressive, innovative, and, most importantly, has the power to tell the story of the past while connecting to the future of the city,” added Butkus.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Announce Second “PXSTL” Design Competition

16:00 - 4 October, 2015
Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Announce Second “PXSTL” Design Competition, Last year's PXSTL Structure by Freecell Architecture. Image Courtesy of Freecell Architecture
Last year's PXSTL Structure by Freecell Architecture. Image Courtesy of Freecell Architecture

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis are inviting architects, designers and artists to propose a temporary structure in St. LouisMissouri, for the second cycle of “PXSTL”. The competition aims to transform an under-used lot in the heart of St. Louis’ Arts and Culture district, catalyzing creative intervention and artistic programs. Nominations will be solicited from deans of architecture, art, and design programs; editors of art, architecture, and design publications; distinguished practitioners; and directors and curators of arts institutions. Read more about this competition after the break.

Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu

20:00 - 28 July, 2015
Minsheng Contemporary Art Museum / Studio Pei-Zhu, Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning
Second Floor. Image © Fang Zhenning

Second Floor Gallery Exterior. Image © Zhu Qingsheng First Floor. Image © Minsheng Art Museum Tsinghua Studio Visit. Image © Fang Zhenning +22