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Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

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.

Centro Cultural y Ecológico Imagina / TIBÁrquitectos

© Adam Wiseman
© Adam Wiseman
via TIBÁrquitectos
via TIBÁrquitectos
via TIBÁrquitectos
via TIBÁrquitectos

Centro Cultural Arauco / elton_léniz

© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
via elton_léniz
via elton_léniz
via elton_léniz
via elton_léniz

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

© Adam Mørk
© Adam Mørk
via MVRDV + ADEPT
via MVRDV + ADEPT
via MVRDV + ADEPT
via MVRDV + ADEPT

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue / OMA

© Mohamed Somji, cortesía Alserkal Avenue
© Mohamed Somji, cortesía Alserkal Avenue
via OMA
via OMA
via OMA
via OMA

KRONA Knowledge and Cultural Centre / Mecanoo + CODE: arkitektur

Cortesía de Mecanoo
Cortesía de Mecanoo
via Mecanoo + CODE arkitektur
via Mecanoo + CODE arkitektur

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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

House of Culture / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

© Erich Spahn
© Erich Spahn
via KÜHNLEIN Architektur
via KÜHNLEIN Architektur
via KÜHNLEIN Architektur
via KÜHNLEIN Architektur

Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture / LMS Architects

© Bruce Damonte
© Bruce Damonte
via LMS Architects
via LMS Architects
via LMS Architects
via LMS Architects

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

© Steve Monpetit
© Steve Monpetit
via Atelier Big City
via Atelier Big City
via Atelier Big City
via Atelier Big City

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

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

Maison De La Culture / Atelier 56S

© Jeremias Gonzalez
© Jeremias Gonzalez
via Atelier 56S
via Atelier 56S
via Atelier 56S
via Atelier 56S

CorpArtes Theater and Cultural Center / Renzo Zecchetto Architects

© Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne
via Renzo Zecchetto Architects
via Renzo Zecchetto Architects
via Renzo Zecchetto Architects
via Renzo Zecchetto Architects

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

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

Plaza Cultural Norte / Oscar Gonzalez Moix

© Ramiro del Carpio
© Ramiro del Carpio
via Oscar Gonzalez Moix
via Oscar Gonzalez Moix
via Oscar Gonzalez Moix
via Oscar Gonzalez Moix

El Tranque Cultural Center / BiS Arquitectos

© Juan Francisco Vargas
© Juan Francisco Vargas
via BiS Arquitectos
via BiS Arquitectos
via BiS Arquitectos
via BiS Arquitectos

Centro de Arte y Cultura / FURMAN-HUIDOBRO arquitectos asociados

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
via FURMAN-HUIDOBRO arquitectos asociados
via FURMAN-HUIDOBRO arquitectos asociados

Cultural Centre and Music School / Alberich-Rodríguez Arquitectos

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

CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra

© Duccio Malagamba
© Duccio Malagamba
via Vázquez Consuegra
via Vázquez Consuegra
via Vázquez Consuegra
via Vázquez Consuegra

Centro Cultural Cobquecura / Alberto Campo Baeza

via Alberto Campo Baeza
via Alberto Campo Baeza
via Alberto Campo Baeza
via Alberto Campo Baeza

Passy Cultural Center / Beckmann N'Thepe

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

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

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
via Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño
via Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño
via Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño
via Cristián Fernández Arquitectos + Lateral arquitectura & diseño

Praça das Artes / Brasil Arquitetura

© Nelson Kon
© Nelson Kon
via Brasil Arquitetura
via Brasil Arquitetura
via Brasil Arquitetura
via Brasil Arquitetura

Nave 16 Matadero Madrid / ICA Arquitectura

Cortesía de Iñaqui Carnicero
Cortesía de Iñaqui Carnicero
via ICA Arquitectura
via ICA Arquitectura
via ICA Arquitectura
via ICA Arquitectura

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

© FG+SG
© FG+SG
via EXIT Architects
via EXIT Architects
via EXIT Architects
via EXIT Architects

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

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

La Jota Cultural Center / G///bang

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

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo / Eduardo Souto de Moura

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

Sedan Cultural Center / Richard + Schoeller Architectes

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

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

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

Heydar Aliyev Center / Zaha Hadid Architects

© Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow
Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Architects
Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Architects
Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Architects
Cortesía de Zaha Hadid Architects

Cultural Center in Katowice / Rafal Mazur

© Joanna Nowicka
© Joanna Nowicka
via Rafal Mazur
via Rafal Mazur

Daoíz y Velarde Cultural Center / Rafael De La-Hoz

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

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

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Les Quinconces Cultural Center / Babin+Renaud

© Cécile Septet
© Cécile Septet
© Babin+Renaud
© Babin+Renaud
© Babin+Renaud
© Babin+Renaud

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

© Guy Wenborne
© Guy Wenborne
via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
via Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

Akiha Ward Cultural Center / Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

© Taisuke Ogawa
© Taisuke Ogawa
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design
via Chiaki Arai Urban and Architecture Design

Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre / DIALOG

© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography
via DIALOG
via DIALOG

Eyüp Cultural Center and Marrıage Hall / Emre Arolat Architects

© Cemal Emden
© Cemal Emden
via Emre Arolat Architects
via Emre Arolat Architects
via Emre Arolat Architects
via Emre Arolat Architects

Centro Cultural Caixa Forum Barcelona / Arata Isozaki

© Felipe Ugalde
© Felipe Ugalde
via Arata Isozaki
via Arata Isozaki
via Arata Isozaki
via Arata Isozaki

El Musical Cultural Center / Eduardo de Miguel Arbonés

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

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

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

Sluzewski Culture Centre / WWAA + 307kilo

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

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

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

Cultural Centre Bad Radkersburg / Gangoly & Kristiner Architects

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

Cultural Center La Gota - Tobacco Museum / Losada García

© Miguel de Guzman
© Miguel de Guzman
via Losada García
via Losada García
via Losada García
via Losada García

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

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

Heat Exchanger Važecká / Atrium Architekti

© Lubo Stacho
© Lubo Stacho
via Architektonické štúdio Atrium
via Architektonické štúdio Atrium
via Architektonické štúdio Atrium
via Architektonické štúdio Atrium

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

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

Auneau Cultural Center / Architecture Patrick Mauger

© Michel Denance
© Michel Denance
via Architecture Patrick Mauger
via Architecture Patrick Mauger
via Architecture Patrick Mauger
via Architecture Patrick Mauger

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Fabian Dejtiar
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Cite: Dejtiar, Fabian. "Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section" [Centro Cultural: 50 ejemplos en sección y planta] 09 Sep 2018. 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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