UNStudio Selected For Fifth West Kowloon Venue

Foster + Partners’ now abandoned ‘City Park’ Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District. Image © Foster + Partners

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has selected UNStudio, in collaboration with AD+RG, to design its fifth major arts venue, the Lyric Theatre, which will sit alongside Herzog & de Meuron‘s planned M+ arts venue at the Western end of the Cultural District. The 1,200-seat theatre will be Hong Kong‘s first world class dance performance venue for ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance. It will also temporarily serve as a venue for drama, opera and musical performances during the construction of the other venues in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Read on after the break for more on the West Kowloon Cultural District and ’s appointment.

GRAFT Wins “Apassionata” with Iconic, Temporary Structure for Horse Shows

Courtesy of Graft Architects

German architecture firm, GRAFT, has been selected as the winner of the “Apassionata” competition. Tasked with designing a temporary structure for the exhibition of horses, GRAFT proposed a complete wooden building that could be assembled, dismounted and reassembled at the convenience of the company. 

Learn more after the break…

AD Round Up: Theatres Part I

There are few things more entertaining than enjoying a good show in a good theatre. From all over Europe and , we bring you our Round Up of previously featured theatres in ArchDaily.

112Quarterhouse Performing Arts and Business Centre in Folkestone
Secretary of State for Cultura Media and Sport Andy Burnham, will officially open Alison Brooks Architect’s Quarterhouse Performing Arts and Business Centre in Folkestone, located in the Kent district, England. The ceremony will take place in March 5. The building is the centrepiece of the city’s arts-led regeneration programme spearheaded by client The Creative Foundation (read more…)

23Vila Joiosa Auditorium Theatre / Arquitecturas Torres Nadal
The importance of the project of La Villa Joiosa is it’s ability to build itself as a public project generating a public space. Indeed, the volume of construction which requires the program of a large auditorium is huge. It is one of the programs with a greater volume to be inserted in the city. And it is essentially, a horizontal volume. And generally, unless it falls into a capricious situation, the ideal is to be blind (read more…)

32Bijlmer Park / Paul de Ruiter
In 2004, Paul de Ruiter was invited to compete in the selection of the architect who would design a cultural building in the southeast district of the city of Amsterdam. This cultural building was to be a multifunctional building for four users; a circus (Circus Elleboog), a theatre (Krater Theater), the Youth Theatre School and the Theatre Workplace, all professional organisations in the field of talent development (read more…)

42UNStudio wins competition to design dance theatre in St. Petersburg
UNStudio’s design has won a competition to build a 21,000 square meter dance theatre in the historic centre of St. Petersburg, Russia. The new complex houses the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, headed by choreographer Boris Eifman. From the four projects presented (Jean Nouvel, UNStudio, Snøhetta & Zao), UNStudio’s design was yesterday unanimously chosen by the jury for realisation (read more…)

52Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre / Studio Gang Architects
Rock Valley College wanted to develop a new regional facility for the performing arts at Starlight Theatre to replace an existing outdoor venue. Expanded facilities and a roof enclosure were needed so that performances could go on without the threat of rainouts. At the same time, there was a strong desire to maintain the sense of being outdoors (read more…)

Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre / Studio Gang Architects

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Architect: Studio Gang Architects
Location: Rockford, IL,
Owner: Rock Valley College
Completion: 2003
Photographs: Greg Murphy

Doriana e Massimiliano Fuksas designed theater set

Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas has designed the facility for the dramatic 2009 season of the National Institute of Ancient Drama.

An extraordinary debut for the two architects in the sign of the classic scenes have created which will move the heroes of the 45th Cycle Classic Performances, scheduled at the Greek in Siracusa from May 9 to June 21.

“Reality – comments Massimiliano Fuksas – is what we see in the mirror or what is reflected? We did not want or thought ever to resolve the dilemma. There is always time to acquire the magic necessary to understand the origins and the core emotions. Beyond the image, the true point of departure. ”

For the architect the element of reflection and inspiration for the design of the set was the horizon. “A horizon very simple – he adds – who speaks of the cathartic and what was the landscape, place, and action, for the conscience of the spectators, not today but yesterday.” As the landscape and the scenery have changed over time, the intention contained in the set design is the reconstruction of a lost horizon, staged by a “concave blade” that reflects what is going around, which involves the public, which reflects and invites reflection.

“Medea” by Euripide is directed by Krzystoff Zanussi , translated by Maria Grazia Ciani, costumes by Beatrice Bordone Bulgari, music by Daniel D’Angelo, Elisabetta Pozzi in the role of protagonist.

“Edipo a Colono” by Sofocle, directed by Daniele Salvo, translated by Giovanni Cerri, costumes by Nicola Luccarini, music by Marco Podda, with Giorgio Albertazzi role in place of tragedy.

Photograph by Moreno Maggi.

Wyly Theatre / REX | OMA

The Wyly Theatre in Dallas is almost finished. This project is very interesting, and /OMA show once again how designing a building goes way beyond that working on the volumes and the , but to rethink the program itself.

Anyone familiar with a theatre knows the program order hasn´t changed much, as it´s pretty much the same you find on Neufert. But REX/OMA take this a step further, by re-studying the program relations and adjacencies, resulting on a unique building. Perfect for the client, as the Dallas Theater Center (DTC) is recognized as one of the country’s few innovative theater companies located outside the triumvirate of New York, Chicago, and Seattle. On the top of that, an interesting aluminium skin adds to make this building unique.

The facade is being installed this days, opening expected during 2009.

Now, the architects description:

OMA wins competition for the Taipei Performing Arts Centre

After a two-phase international competition (with offices such as Morphosis, Abalos+Sentkiewicz, MVRDV and Zaha Hadid), has been awarded the first prize in the design competition to build the new Taipei Performing Arts Centre.

The project, led by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren, is based on 3 theaters (1 x 1,500 seats – the round one, 2 x 800 seats – cubes) which are plugged into a central cube cladded with corrugated glass. This scheme puts all the stage accommodations of the 3 theaters into the central cube, allowing for more flexibility as theaters can be used independently or combined, expanding the possibilities for experimental performances – an art which is very strong on the country. This new arrangement of stage and seatings includes a public circulation that exposes parts of the backstage to the public.

And now, my comments on the form.

Zenith Strasbourg / Massimiliano Fuksas

by Moreno Maggi

Architect: Massimiliano Fuksas
Location: Strasbourg,
Programme: Zenith Music Hall (10.000 seats)
Construction year: 2008
Site: Municipality of Eckbolsheim, Strasbourg
Client: Città di Strasburgo (CUS) Delegate
Consultants: Concrete Betom / Acoustics Altia / Scenography Architecture and Technique
Area: 14.000 sqm
Photographs: Moreno Maggi & Philippe Ruault

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National Grand Theater of China / Paul Andreu

In is not all about Olympics. The National Grand , by Paul Andreu is a magnificent and gigantic project finished a few months ago, complementing all the infrastructure been built for the big sports event.

The project description after the break.