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UNStudio’s Den Bosch Theatre Design Selected Through Public Voting

UNStudio’s design for a theatre in Den Bosch, the Netherlands has been selected through a competition in which the city’s residents voted on one of two finalist designs, receiving 57% of the votes. Their proposal, Theatre on the Parade, integrates the theatre’s four volumes into its surrounding environment.

Auditorium A / Eduardo Souto de Moura + Graça Correia

© Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters

HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance

HPP Architects has won a competition to extend the campus of Cologne's University of Music and Dance. Chosen over 13 entries, the winning design will enclose a site in the Kunibertsviertel, close to Cologne’s railway station, and transform it into an "attractive" urban area. The plan, deemed by the jury to be a "clear example of a successful urban remedy," also calls for the conversion of an existing building into an animated concert and dance hall. 

MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music

Envisioning the House of Hungarian Music as the new center of distribution within Liget Park, MenoMenoPiu Architects proposed a circular form for the concert hall, facilitating circulation to and from the museum and within the park. Although not the final winner of the Liget-Budapest Competition, “The Circle” demonstrates an interesting organizational strategy and perspective on sound. 

Music Hall. Image Courtesy of +imgs Aerial View. Image Courtesy of +imgs Entrance. Image Courtesy of +imgs Exhibition Space. Image Courtesy of +imgs

UNStudio and EHA Compete to Design 's-Hertogenbosch's City Center Theater

Residents of 's-Hertogenbosch have been asked to vote on proposals by UNStudio and Ector Hoogstad Architecten to decide who will design their new City Center Theater. Though vastly different, both proposals promise to provide a timeless main theater and flexible performance hall that connects to an inviting foyer and seamlessly merges with the adjacent public plaza.

The public's vote will count towards 50 percent of the final decision. Ground breaking is expected to occur in 2017, with completion scheduled for 2020. Read on for a preview of both proposals.

6 Winners Selected for OISTAT Competition to Design a Floating Theatre in Germany

Out of 197 entries from 38 countries, six proposals have been chosen as the winners of the 2015 OISTAT Theatre Architecture Competition, which sought proposals for a floating theatre that could be moved to different locations along the Spree River in Germany. The ideas competition was organized by OISTAT (International Organization of Scenographers, Technicians, and Theatre Architects), and the winning proposals will be showcased at the exhibition Stage│Set│Scenery in Berlin in June. 

Per the competition requirements, the floating theatre proposals accommodate audiences of up to 300 people with a backstage area for 20 or fewer performers. The performance space remains moored on the river, while the foyer, restrooms, and refreshments are housed in a temporary structure on land that can be moved when necessary.

Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts / Machado and Silvetti Associates

© Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

  • Architects: OPUS + MEJÍA
  • Location: Calle # 18-9, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Design Director: Edgar Mejía Escobar, Manuel Jaén Posada, Carlos Andrés Betancur, Carlos David Montoya
  • Coordinator: Santiago López Posada
  • Design Team: Carlos Cano, Juan Sebastián Restrepo, Mario Camargo
  • Area: 2600.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Sergio Gómez

© Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez © Sergio Gómez

National Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile

Friends House / John McAslan + Partners

  • Architects: John McAslan + Partners
  • Location: London, UK
  • Design Team: John McAslan + Partners, Max Fordham, Walsh Group, Stephen Cuddy, Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Westco Partnership
  • Area: 2500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

AD Classics: Limoges Concert Hall / Bernard Tschumi Architects

For those familiar with the more canonical work of Bernard Tschumi, the Limoges Concert Hall may seem a puzzlingly conventional departure from the radical, intensively theoretical projects that introduced the world to the Swiss architect. In one sense, the visual clarity of the design doesn’t provoke the same complex discourses on architectural violence and eroticism that guided his early-career pursuits, and it is certainly a more functional evolution of his polemic on non-programmatic space that was famously exhibited at Parc de la Villete. In another sense, the concept and form of Limoges aren't anything novel, either, emerging almost in its entirety from a concert hall prototype Tschumi developed in the late 1990s for a similar venue at Rouen. But Limoges is important for other reasons: in addition to its thoughtful material and spatial choices, it is one of the more articulate illustrations of Tschumi’s explorations of movement and enclosure—“vectors and envelopes”—that inform much of his recent work. 

The mass of the auditorium is distributed onto thin columns that penetrate the foyer. Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects Digital section model demonstrating structural systems and the multiple layers of enclosure. Image Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects

Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

  • Architects: archimania
  • Location: 37 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38103, USA
  • Area: 11041.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography

Ciputra Artpreneur / Benoy

  • Architects: Benoy
  • Location: Ciputra World, Jalan Professor Doktor Satrio, Setia Budi, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12940, Indonesia
  • Area: 14000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Benoy

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The Flow / atelier d’architecture King Kong

© Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe © Roland Halbe

Atelier Thomas Pucher's European Music Center to Open in 2020

The winning design of an international competition in 2010 to house the world-renowned Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Austrian firm Atelier Thomas Pucher's Sinfonia Varsovia European Music Center has been approved to begin construction. As part of a larger campaign to revive Warsaw's historic character and inspire cultural exchange, the Music Center has ranked high on the priority list of the Renewal Program, and is slated to open in 2020. 

Read on after the break for a closer look at the Music Center.

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RENOVA Store & Theatre / Phyd Arquitectura

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