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Performing Arts Center: The Latest Architecture and News

Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Design New Theater to Create Australia's Largest Performing Arts Center

13:00 - 23 May, 2019
Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Design New Theater to Create Australia's Largest Performing Arts Center, Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner
Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner

Design practices Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Architecture have been selected to design a new theater for what will become Australia's largest performing arts center in Brisbane. Beating out 23 other teams, the winning proposal for the Queensland Performing Arts Center features a $150 million theater, the fifth for the center. The concept aims to bring a new image to the Gibson precinct while respecting the site's history and context.

Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner Courtesy of Snøhetta and Blight Rayner + 8

REX Reveals Brown Performing Arts Center Design

13:00 - 13 February, 2019
REX Reveals Brown Performing Arts Center Design, Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON
Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON

Architecture and design practice REX has unveiled their design for Brown University’s new Performing Arts Center. The academic and cultural building was made to be a flexible and adaptable space that serves as a hub for performance. Combining a multi-functional main hall with an open stage floor, the design addresses the need for a dedicated performance space suitable for large ensembles. The new center was designed to encourage collaboration and inspire new modes of artistic and cultural production.

Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON Brown University Performing Arts Center. Image Courtesy of LUXIGON + 35

Construction of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Progresses in Taiwan

09:00 - 8 January, 2019
Construction of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center Progresses in Taiwan, © OMA by Chris Stowers
© OMA by Chris Stowers

New photographs have been released of OMA’s Taipei Performing Arts Center (TPAC), as construction continues in Taiwan. Consisting of three theaters, each functioning autonomously of each other, the OMA scheme seeks to depart from the traditional consensus of performing arts centers as simply containing a large auditorium, medium-sized theater, and small-size black box.

OMA sees “no excuse for contemporary stagnation,” using the TPAC as an opportunity to experiment with the inner workings of theaters, leading to a dynamic external presence. Hence, the TPAC’s three theaters plug into a central cube combining stages, backstages, and support spaces into a single, efficient entity, allowing stages to be modified or merged for unforeseen scenarios. 

© OMA by Chris Stowers © OMA by Chris Stowers © Frans Parthesius, courtesy of OMA © Frans Parthesius, courtesy of OMA + 22

REX, Firm Behind World Trade Performing Arts Building, to Design Brown University's New Performing Arts Center

12:00 - 17 November, 2018
REX, Firm Behind World Trade Performing Arts Building, to Design Brown University's New Performing Arts Center , The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center / REX. Image Courtesy of REX
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center / REX. Image Courtesy of REX

The New York City-based architecture firm REX will be designing the new performing arts center for Brown University's campus in Providence, Rhode Island. Known for their portfolio of office and cultural projects - notably and recently including The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center - the firm aims to accommodate performances and events while serving as a hub for daily social interactions on campus within the 81,000 square-foot site. The building will become a central convening space of multimedia and performing arts for students, faculty, and visitors.

Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Courtesy of REX Courtesy of REX + 8

Ethereal Riverside Theatre and Garden To Be Canada's Newest Destination

12:00 - 23 September, 2017
Ethereal Riverside Theatre and Garden To Be Canada's Newest Destination, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, the Stratford Festival revealed Hariri Pontarini Architects’ design for their new Tom Patterson Theatre at a town hall meeting last month. According to Antoni Cimolino, the Stratford Festival’s Artistic Director, the company desires a new facility that compares to distinguished theatres worldwide.

Studio Pei-Zhu Unveils Plans for Performing Arts Center in Dali, China

12:20 - 26 August, 2016
Studio Pei-Zhu Unveils Plans for Performing Arts Center in Dali, China, Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu
Courtesy of Studio Pei-Zhu

Studio Pei-Zhu has unveiled plans for the Yang Liping Performing Arts Center in Dali, Yunnan, China. Located at a low latitude and high elevation, Dali features a dramatic terrain and a unique climate that create a boundless relationship between earth and sky. The project site is located in the heart of this landscape, on a fertile plateau between the Cangshan mountain range and Erhai lake.

In designing the Performing Arts Center, Studio Pei-Zhu has drawn inspiration from these natural variations in landscape and climate, employing a large canopy roof and a flowing form to invite users into the complex.

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