As we announced yesterday, four impressive teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals to design a new house for an existing art museum and film theater on a waterfront site in Arnhem. Competing to design the “ArtA” cultural center includes BIG, who teamed up with Amsterdam-based Allard Architecture to propose a scheme that would merge the two facilities by constructing “a simple building volume of two poles: The Film Theater facing the city and the Art Museum facing the river.”
“Combining a contemporary exhibition facility with a film theater in a vibrant public building is paradoxical challenge,” described BIG. “ArtA fuses the two traditional architectural archetypes, the Black Box and the White Cube, and creates a gradient of transitional spatial conditions that lends itself to new hybrid programs of art and performance.”
“A simple twist of the building volume generates a diagonal public art plaza that connects the ground floor with the roof top. The Art Plaza creates encounters between the various users of the building - blurring the boundaries between art, public life, education and recreation. The building becomes a unique offspring - at once organic and rational, transparent and solid, unique and flexible, extrovert and introvert.
"The building has two types of facades: One face of the building is glazed, creating a twisting window allowing daylight and breathtaking views for all gathering spaces of the building. This part of the façade starts at the open waterfront corner, providing a horizontal panoramic view of the Rhine; it continues around the cascading Art Plaza, ending as a glazed roof top covering a winter garden, overlooking the city. The solid parts of the building are clad in in-situ cast concrete.
"The twist creates a covered public space for outdoor art installations and ArtA’s main entrance which will activate the street."
LocationMeijnerswijk 5, 6841 HA Arnhem, The Netherlands
Partners In ChargeBjarke Ingels, Andreas Klok Pedersen
Project LeaderHung Kai Liao
Project ArchitectMarie Lancon
Design TeamJakub Wlodarczyk, Martin Maria Beck, Dariusz Duong Vu Hong, Giedrius Mamavicius, Domenic Schmid, Dimitrie Grigorescu
PhotographsCourtesy of BIG