Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

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Centro Cultural y Ecológico Imagina / TIBÁrquitectos

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© Adam Wiseman
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via TIBÁrquitectos
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via TIBÁrquitectos

Centro Cultural Arauco / elton_léniz

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© Felipe Díaz Contardo
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via elton_léniz
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via elton_léniz

Ku.Be House of Culture in Movement / MVRDV + ADEPT

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© Adam Mørk
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via MVRDV + ADEPT
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via MVRDV + ADEPT

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue / OMA

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© Mohamed Somji, cortesía Alserkal Avenue
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© OMA
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© OMA

KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre / Mecanoo + CODE: arkitektur

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Cortesía de Mecanoo
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via Mecanoo + CODE arkitektur

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Cortesía de SNFCC.
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Cortesía de Renzo Piano Building Workshop
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Cortesía de Renzo Piano Building Workshop

House of Culture / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

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© Erich Spahn
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via KÜHNLEIN Architektur
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via KÜHNLEIN Architektur

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture / LMS Architects

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© Bruce Damonte
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via LMS Architects
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via LMS Architects

Centre Culturel de Notre-Dame-de-Grâce / AFO - Atelier Big City, FSA Architecture Inc and L’OEUF Architects in consortium

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© Steve Monpetit
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via Atelier Big City
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via Atelier Big City

Cultural Center and Library ‘De Factorij’ / ebtca architecten & Archiles architecten

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© Dennis De Smet
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via ebtca architecten & Archiles architecten
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via ebtca architecten & Archiles architecten

Maison De La Culture / Atelier 56S

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© Jeremias Gonzalez
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Cortesía de Atelier 56S
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Cortesía de Atelier 56S

CorpArtes Theater and Cultural Center / Renzo Zecchetto Architects

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© Guy Wenborne
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via Renzo Zecchetto Architects
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via Renzo Zecchetto Architects

Estación Cultural Tecpatán / Oficina de Diseño y Taller Brigada de Arquitectura

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© Adrián Llaguno
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via Oficina de Diseño y Taller Brigada de Arquitectura
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via Oficina de Diseño y Taller Brigada de Arquitectura

Plaza Cultural Norte / Oscar Gonzalez Moix

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© Ramiro del Carpio
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Cortesía de Oscar Gonzalez Moix
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Cortesía de Oscar Gonzalez Moix

El Tranque Cultural Center / BiS Arquitectos

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© Juan Francisco Vargas
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via BiS Arquitectos
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via BiS Arquitectos

Centro de Arte y Cultura / FURMAN-HUIDOBRO arquitectos asociados

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© Nico Saieh
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via FURMAN-HUIDOBRO arquitectos asociados

Cultural Centre and Music School / Alberich-Rodríguez Arquitectos

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© Ángel Baltanás
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via Alberich-Rodríguez Arquitectos
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via Alberich-Rodríguez Arquitectos

CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra

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© Duccio Malagamba
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via Vázquez Consuegra
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via Vázquez Consuegra

Centro Cultural Cobquecura / Alberto Campo Baeza

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Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza
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Cortesía de Alberto Campo Baeza

Passy Cultural Center / Beckmann N'Thepe

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© Stephan Lucas
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via Beckmann N’Thepe
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via Beckmann N’Thepe

Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center / Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral Arquitectura & Diseño

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© Nico Saieh
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Cortesía de Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño
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Cortesía de Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño

Praça das Artes / Brasil Arquitetura

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© Nelson Kon
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Cortesía de Brasil Arquitetura
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Cortesía de Brasil Arquitetura

Nave 16 Matadero Madrid / ICA Arquitectura

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Cortesía de Iñaqui Carnicero
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via ICA Arquitectura
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via ICA Arquitectura

Rehabilitation of Former Prison of Palencia as Cultural Civic​ Center / Exit Architects

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© FG+SG
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via EXIT Architects
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via EXIT Architects

Centro Cultural Casal Balaguer / Flores & Prats + Duch-Pizá

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Cortesía de Flores & Prats Arquitectos
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via Duch-Piza Arquitectos + Flores & Prats
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via Duch-Piza Arquitectos + Flores & Prats

La Jota Cultural Center / G///bang

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© Enric Duch
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via G///bang
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via G///bang

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura

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© Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography
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© Eduardo Souto de Moura
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© Eduardo Souto de Moura

Sedan Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes

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© Sergio Grazia
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via Richard + Schoeller Architectes
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via Richard + Schoeller Architectes

Japanese Cultural Center of D.R. Congo / Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara Laboratory

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via Tokyo Matsubara and Architects
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via Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara LaboratoryCen
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via Keio University SFC Hironori Matsubara LaboratoryCen

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

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© Hufton+Crow
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© Zaha Hadid Architects
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© Zaha Hadid Architects

Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur

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© Joanna Nowicka
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via Rafal Mazur

Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center / Rafael De La-Hoz

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© Alfonso Quiroga
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via Rafael De La-Hoz
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via Rafael De La-Hoz

Niigata City Konan Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

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© Taisuke Ogawa
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Cortesía de Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
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Cortesía de Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Les Quinconces Cultural Center / Babin+Renaud

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© Cécile Septet
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© Babin+Renaud
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© Babin+Renaud

Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda y Plaza de la Ciudadanía / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

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© Guy Wenborne
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via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
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via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

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© Taisuke Ogawa
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Cortesía de Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
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Cortesía de Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

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© Nic Lehoux Photography
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Cortesía de DIALOG

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

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© Cemal Emden
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Cortesía de Emre Arolat Architects
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Cortesía de Emre Arolat Architects

Centro Cultural Caixa Forum Barcelona / Arata Isozaki

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© Felipe Ugalde
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via Arata Isozaki
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via Arata Isozaki

El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

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© Duccio Malagamba
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© Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés
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© Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

Cultural Center at Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon / Ateliers O-S architectes

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via Ateliers O-S architectes
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via Ateliers O-S architectes
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via Ateliers O-S architectes

Sluzewski Culture Centre / WWAA + 307kilo

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© Rafał Kłos
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via WWAA + 307 Kilo Design
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via WWAA + 307 Kilo Design

Córdoba Cultural Center / Castañeda, Cohen, Nanzer, Saal, Salassa, Tissot

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© Gonzalo Viramonte
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via Castañeda, Cohen, Nanzer, Saal, Salassa, Tissot
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via Castañeda, Cohen, Nanzer, Saal, Salassa, Tissot

Cultural Centre Bad Radkersburg / Gangoly & Kristiner Architects

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© Paul Ott
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via Gangoly & Kristiner Architects
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via Gangoly & Kristiner Architects

Cultural Center La Gota - Tobacco Museum / Losada García

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© Miguel de Guzman
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via Losada García
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via Losada García

Rafaela New Cultural Center / Airaudo + Caballero + Giménez Rita + Llonch

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© Federico Cairoli
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via Airaudo + Caballero + Giménez Rita + Llonch
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via Airaudo + Caballero + Giménez Rita + Llonch

Heat Exchanger Važecká / Atrium Architekti

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© Lubo Stacho
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via Architektonické štúdio Atrium
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via Architektonické štúdio Atrium

“Le Creste” Cultural Centre / AREA PROGETTI + UNA2 + Andrea Michelini + Laura Ceccarelli

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© Andrea Bosio
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via AREA PROGETTI + UNA2 + Andrea Michelini + Laura Ceccarelli
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via AREA PROGETTI + UNA2 + Andrea Michelini + Laura Ceccarelli

Auneau Cultural Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

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© Michel Denance
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via Architecture Patrick Mauger
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via Architecture Patrick Mauger

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on the 9th of September 2018.

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Cite: Dejtiar, Fabian. "Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section" [Centro Cultural: 50 ejemplos en sección y planta] 20 Sep 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Montano, Zoë) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/901626/cultural-centers-50-examples-in-plan-and-section> ISSN 0719-8884

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