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.
Taking a more traditional approach, EHA's proposal features a brick structure topped by a translucent, "lantern-like" rooftop fitted with an outdoor terrance. Inside, many of the spaces are designed for dual use; from the foyer to the grand staircase, theatrical potential is integrated throughout allowing for performances to happen almost anywhere.
Acting as a unified structure reminiscent of four tilting cubes, UNStudio's proposal features a four-story vertical foyer that connects directly to the public plaza and places its visitors on show. To its sides are two enclosed cubes, one of which partially submerges the building's largest performance space underground in order to preserve views from the neighboring historic cathedral.
All 's-Hertogenbosch can vote for their favorite online (here) through June 7. All other ArchDaily readers are encouraged to voice their opinions in the comment section below. More details on both proposals can be found here.