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National Music Center / SPF Architects

Culver City, California based firm, SPF Architects recently presented their design concept for the Cantos National Music Center for Calgary.  The project is “seen by many as one of the country’s most ambitious and important urban-design projects.”  Located in the center of Calgary, the new music center will not only focus on performance areas but will become more of a cultural space as it will be “part museum and part education.” More about the Music Center after the break.

Zhuhai Opera House / SPF architects

SPF Architects, based in Culver City, California, have created an design for the Zhuhai Opera House in Guangdong Province, China.  Learning from the traditional principles of the region,  the opera house’s form gives the appearance of stacked pebbles.  Such an idea was conceived as a way to create a visual balance based on the Chinese principle from the five element theory.   The opera house has three stacked levels that provide varying programmatic activities, such as a 1500 seat auditorium, large plaza gathering space, rehearsal hall, restaurants and other public amenities.  A forest behind the structure gives the impression of growth and sustainability. 

More images after the break.