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GES 2 House of Culture / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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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.

Cortesía de Mecanoo© Adam Mørk© Gonzalo Viramonte© Stephan Lucas+ 148

Villa M / Triptyque Architecture

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  • Architects: Triptyque
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  8000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021

La Poste du Louvre Renovation / Dominique Perrault Architecte

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  32000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Effisus

Le Sébastopol Booking.com Offices / Coldefy

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  • Architects: Coldefy
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  7821
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Soprema, Airclim, ClimaWin, Concept Alu, +3
  • Professionals : BEA, SERGA

The Benefits of Ceramic Facade Cladding in 3 Remarkable Architectural Projects

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The facade can be considered the most important signifier of a building as the shell separating the outside from the inside. The expressive power of this protective shell should not be underestimated, because the appearance of the architecture has a decisive influence on the entire environment. The Lower Bavarian company Moeding Keramikfassaden specialises in meeting this important task in architecture with a special material.

Who Has Won the RIBA Royal Gold Medal?

Recognized as the UK’s highest honor for architecture, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence "either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture.", according to the organization.

No 1 Poultry / James Stirling. Image © Claudio Divizia | ShutterstockQatar National Convention Centre / Arata Isozaki. Image © Nelson GarridoCasa da Musica / OMA. Image Courtesy of Philippe RuaultAntwerp Port House / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Helene Binet+ 13

MOdA Headquarters of the Paris Bar Association / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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Pathé Foundation / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

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New Visitor Center of Cluny Museum / Bernard Desmoulin Architecte

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French Embassy in Haiti / Explorations Architecture

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Spotlight: Renzo Piano

Architecture is art, but art vastly contaminated by many other things. Contaminated in the best sense of the word—fed, fertilized by many things.
– Renzo Piano

Italian architect Renzo Piano (born 14 September 1937) is known for his delicate and refined approach to building, deployed in museums and other buildings around the world. Awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1998, the Pritzker Jury compared him to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Brunelleschi, highlighting "his intellectual curiosity and problem-solving techniques as broad and far ranging as those earlier masters of his native land."

Pathé Foundation. Image © Michel DenancéIsabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Image © Nic LehouxHarvard Art Museums Renovation and Expansion. Image © Nic LehouxMenil Collection. Image © D Jules Gianakos+ 24