The design for the new theater in Lelystad is part of the Master plan for the city center of Lelystad, designed by West 8. The theater plays an important role during the day as well as during the night in this area of the city. The clustering of cultural and social activities in this new quarter will give Lelystad an outspoken cultural face.
In this context the design for the theater forms an important orientation point with a forthright architectural look. Walking from the central station the theater-tower forms a striking accent in the diagonal view. At night the volume illuminates, and is easily traceable from the different parking facilities.
In daytime the shape of the theater has a sculptural effect. The grand cafe, also open during the day, connects to the evening square. From the different lobbies of the entrance of the theater a beautiful view of the Green Care is presented. The vertical foyer, which swings through the entire building, connects different theater and congress halls on the different floors.
The typology of the theater has become more and more complex during the years. UN Studio strived to bring the complexity of a multifunctional theater back into a flexible, transparent and intelligent design. The clear and open organization of the design will serve as a cultural icon for Lelystad.
UN Studio has worked on different projects where theater art and new media were important aspects in the program. The interaction between different art disciplines should be integrated in the design process of these buildings. UN Studio’s expertise lies in the analytical approach of the design requirements. During the research process, before the design process, questions regarding special organization and the multifunctional use of the theater obtain an important role.
Busan is the fifth largest port of the world. The BUSAN OPERA HOUSE (BOH) is located in the Busan North Port development area. This zone is home to a cultural complex department, museums, a maritime culture center, a cruise center, waterfront causeway, public parks, an opera, a theater and a business district. It is crucial that the BOH program and its architectural form integrate into the existing master plan, and express the new and unique creative character of the Busan North Port.
The BOH is situated at the southern end of a new artificial island. The form of the proposed project is a direct result of the site conditions: on the one hand, the plan is a response to the island’s outline, and on the other hand, the form of the BOH recalls the silhouette of the mountains surrounding the city. The circular form is also designed to allude to the Taegeuk and the traditional ceramic base. The smooth shape is meant to be a contemporary interpretation of these elements of traditional Korean culture. As a result, the BOH is designed to provide harmony and balance to the Busan North Port Development.
A particularly key and innovative feature of the proposed design for the BOH is its patio formed by a void in the center of the new Opera House. This void is at the center of the site, and is also at the heart of the project. As Anish Kapoor said, “Emptiness does lead to emptiness”. Everything is organized around this central void: a circular foyer makes a loop and connects the Opera, the Multipurpose Theater and the Multipurpose Hall. This emptiness (which is actually a major space that gives this project an innovative identity) shrouds an exterior bench surrounding a water pond that is directly connected to the sea. This void provides an exceptional location for theatrical events – an extension of the shows occurring inside the BOH- this creating an animated and exceptional space in the Busan North Port.
The temporary stage on the floating platforms in the pond combined with LED screen system -that constitutes a sun protection system for the foyer and ensures a warm space- on the facade of the patio offers a waterfront spectacle every night for all Busan inhabitants. The BOH is in harmony with the spirit of Busan Port like a beat flowing with music. The chorus lies in the heart of the busan north port: a multitude of impressions coming from multiple sources blend naturally to form a harmonious whole, creating a dramatic and emotional space. and of course, the natural beauty of the Lake Melasjärvi.
Company profile :
Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC is a modern and dynamic architecture firm based in Zurich, Switzerland. Although Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC was founded only in December 2010, the collaboration of Toshihiro Kubota and Yves Bachmann has a rich and varied history dating back to their first encounter in 2001 at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris.
Born in Ibaraki (Japan), Toshihiro Kubota works since 2000 on a regular basis with Ateliers Jean Nouvel and was appointed partner in 2007. He played inter alia a key role actively in the Denmark Radio Concert Hall Copenhagen, the Paris Philharmonic and the Atlantis 3000 Casino Complex in Las Vegas.
The Swiss architect Yves Bachmann left Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 2003 to start working for Iria Degen Interiors. He was actively involved in the conception of luxury resorts, offices and homes as for instance the Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town and the Restaurant Globus Löwenplatz in Zurich.
With awards received for an international master plan competition in Zurich and the Maritime Culture and Pop Music Center in Kaoshiung (Taiwan), the Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC demonstrates competencies in a wide range of disciplines. Its creative team covers all domains of architecture, interior design and urbanism. Last but not least a joint venture with landscape architects and environmentalists contribute to the success story of Kubota and Bachmann Architects LCC.
WE Architects have designed this theater to replace an existing theater in the city of Szczecin as part of an open competition.
Traditionally, theaters only serve a small group of the population. If judging a book by the cover, most theaters also architecturally exempt the idea of a closed world, a place that only a few experience from the inside. WE Architects aimed to create an open house; a house for the people; a house which is as active and public from the inside as from the outside.
The architects have designed a dynamical building which creates a harmony between the coexistence of humanity and nature. The new extension will be experienced as a light roof with transparent facades, connecting all the functions of the house and acting as a pavilion in the garden. With maximal respect towards the old trees on the site, the building gently wraps around the surroundings in order to preserve as much of the original garden as possible.
An opportunity to work on light, material and space. The path chosen to work on these concepts, is the contrast. Contrast between outside and inside, between old and new, including a monumental scale and human scale. And the journey as the thread that sews and explains the intervention. A large area covered with large proportions and controlled height works as a high threshold. A monumental scale lobby welcomes the visitor showing the scale of a public building.