AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto

05:00 - 14 March, 2016
AD Classics: House of Culture / Alvar Aalto, Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak
Courtesy of Flickr user Wotjek Gurak

Originally built as the headquarters for the Finnish Communist Party, the House of Culture (Kultuuritalo in Finnish) has since established itself as one of Helsinki’s most popular concert venues.[1] Comprising a rectilinear copper office block, a curved brick auditorium, and a long canopy that binds them together, the House of Culture represents the pinnacle of Alvar Aalto’s work with red brick architecture in the 1950s.

PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan

13:30 - 11 February, 2016
PLP Unveils Pearl River Delta's Tallest Building as Part of New Masterplan, Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon
Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon

British firm PLP has unveiled their design for a large complex at the heart of the Pearl River Delta in China. The master plan comprises four buildings: the Platform for Contemporary Arts, the Lizhi Park Tower, the Concourse, and the Nexus - a 600-meter tall office and hotel tower that will be the masterplan's centerpiece and the region's tallest skyscraper.

Exterior Rendered View. Image © Luxigon Exterior Rendered Night View. Image © Luxigon Aerial Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of PLP Architecture +20

Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
Call for Entries: Facade Design for Additions to County Theater, Doylestown

A new design competition asks participants to design a facade and street presence for a new addition to the historic 1938 County Theater in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

URBAN AGENCY Unveils Proposal for Kronberg School of Music

14:00 - 15 August, 2015
URBAN AGENCY Unveils Proposal for Kronberg School of Music, Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY
Exterior Rendered View. Image Courtesy of URBAN AGENCY

URBAN AGENCY, BEM Architects and bbz have unveiled their proposal for the Kronberg School of Music, in Kronberg, Germany, which includes a music chamber, music school and hotel. Developed as an invited competition entry, the project aims to enhance the area around the Kronberg train station and act as a new “gate” to the city, designed to blend into the forecourt of the station.

UNStudio’s Den Bosch Theatre Design Selected Through Public Voting

12:00 - 20 July, 2015
UNStudio’s Den Bosch Theatre Design Selected Through Public Voting, Vooraanzicht. Image © ViewPoint
Vooraanzicht. Image © ViewPoint

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

02:00 - 22 June, 2015
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 © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters © Luís Ferreira Alves, Christian Richters +27

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

13:17 - 18 June, 2015
HPP Selected to Redesign Cologne's University of Music and Dance, Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects
Courtyard. Image © HPP Architects

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

08:00 - 14 June, 2015
MenoMenoPiu Proposes a Circular Form for the House of Hungarian Music, Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs
Exterior. Image Courtesy of +imgs

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 +14

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

17:15 - 4 June, 2015
UNStudio and EHA Compete to Design 's-Hertogenbosch's City Center Theater, © UNStudio
© UNStudio

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

06:00 - 29 May, 2015
6 Winners Selected for OISTAT Competition to Design a Floating Theatre in Germany, Improvisational Theatre / Žilvinas Stasiulevičius. Image Courtesy of OISTAT
Improvisational Theatre / Žilvinas Stasiulevičius. Image Courtesy of OISTAT

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

11:00 - 28 May, 2015
Kennedy Center for Theatre and the Studio Arts / Machado and Silvetti Associates, © Anton Grassl_ESTO
© Anton Grassl_ESTO

© Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO © Anton Grassl_ESTO +17

La Enseñanza School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA

13:00 - 26 May, 2015
La Enseñanza  School Auditorium / OPUS + MEJÍA , © Sergio Gómez
© Sergio Gómez
  • Architects

  • 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 +21

National Theatre / Haworth Tompkins

05:00 - 25 May, 2015
National Theatre  / Haworth Tompkins, © Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

© Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile +50

Valletta City Gate / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

04:00 - 20 May, 2015
Valletta City Gate  / Renzo Piano Building Workshop, © Michel Denancé
© Michel Denancé

© Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé © Michel Denancé +17

Friends House / John McAslan + Partners

06:00 - 17 May, 2015
Friends House / John McAslan + Partners, Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners
Courtesy of John McAslan + Partners
  • Architects

  • 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 +15

AD Classics: Limoges Concert Hall / Bernard Tschumi Architects

07:00 - 11 May, 2015
AD Classics: Limoges Concert Hall / Bernard Tschumi Architects, Courtesy of Bernard Tschumi Architects
Courtesy of 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 +8

City in the City / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

20:00 - 4 May, 2015
City in the City / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, © Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk

© Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk © Adam Mørk +23

Hattiloo Theatre / archimania

12:00 - 28 April, 2015
Hattiloo Theatre / archimania, © Hank Mardukas Photography
© Hank Mardukas Photography

© Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography © Hank Mardukas Photography +17