Mecanoo’s performing arts centre nears completion in Taiwan

Dutch practice Mecanoo is putting the finishing touches to an arts centre in the Taiwanese port city of Kaohsiung, which plays host to a selection of opera houses, concert halls and an open-air theatre set into its bulging roof. Situated on a former military training base, The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts will be the

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Studio Gang unveils plans for Arkansas Art Center overhaul

Chicago-based firm Studio Gang has revealed plans to add a series of glazed pavilions with pleated roofs to an arts centre in Arkansas, as part of a major renovation and extension project. Studio Gang’s scheme includes 127,000 square feet (11,798 square metres) of new and refurbished spaces at the Arkansas Art Center, which comprises exhibition,

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“Canyon-like” roof tops Brooks + Scarpa’s Southern Utah Museum of Art

Californian studio Brooks + Scarpa has shaped the roof of this art museum in Utah to create deep valleys and a huge curved porch, as a reference to the sandstone formations of nearby canyons. Located in Cedar City, Brooks + Scarpa’s newly opened Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) forms part of the Southern Utah

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Carmody Groarke unveils plans for art centre at Sheffield’s Park Hill estate

Park Hill estate is to receive a new Carmody Groarke-designed art gallery and suite of studios, as part of the redevelopment of the brutalist housing scheme built in 1961. Carmody Groarke’s plans for the Park Hill Art Space will see the conversion of a 7,200-square-metre block at the Grade II*-listed Park Hill estate into live/work artists’

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Photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li provide first look at Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Arts Center in Beijing

These new photographs by Yueqi Jazzy Li reveal the “pixelated” forms of the Guardian Arts Center by Büro Ole Scheeren as it nears completion in Beijing. Scheeren’s architecture firm unveiled the new headquarters for the country’s oldest art auction house, China Guardian, in mid-2015. Conceived as the world’s first major museum and auction house hybrid, the arts centre provides two large auction halls, as

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Zooco Estudio uses granite to unify disparate blocks of Gallician arts centre

Spanish Zooco Estudio has completed a complex of granite-clad buildings in the city of Verín that come together to form an arts centre for the Galician region. The architects were awarded the Silver A’Design Award for their 3,750-square-metre arts centre, which is made up of ten separate spaces housed within irregularly-cut, stone-clad volumes. The larger block contains a submerged auditorium, with the smaller

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Kengo Kuma unveils stacked wooden box design for Turkish art museum

Kengo Kuma & Associates has revealed plans to create a modern art museum in a former wood market in Turkey, which will be made up of cluster of slatted timber blocks. The Japanese studio led by Kengo Kuma is designing the Odunpazari Modern Art Museum to host a large collection of Turkish modern art in Eskishehr, a university town in the northwest of the

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OMA gets green light for £110 million arts centre in Manchester

Dutch firm OMA has been granted permission to build its first major UK project – a cultural centre in Manchester named Factory. Rem Koolhaas’ firm was granted planning approval by Manchester City Council for the £110 million arts centre, which the studio first revealed designs for back in 2015. The new theatre and arts venue will be built on the site of

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Mirrors reflect arched openings and steps inside wooden auditorium by Penda

Penda has set this auditorium for a Beijing art museum inside a wooden box, which features arched openings, and mirrors that reflect endless iterations of its curved cutaways.  Beijing- and Vienna-based Penda designed the Hongkun Art Auditorium to host lectures, readings, exhibitions and art sales. It is located on the outskirts of the city, next door to the Hongkun Museum of Fine Art, which

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Tippet Rise Art Center opens on a cattle ranch in rural Montana

Massive earthen sculptures and a wooden concert hall form part of the new Tippet Rise Art Center, a vast performance venue and park in a remote area of Montana (+ slideshow). The art centre is located in Fishtail, a town situated about 65 miles (104 kilometres) from Billings – one of the state’s largest cities. It was More

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Steven Holl unveils visual arts centre for historic Pennsylvania college

Steven Holl Architects has revealed designs for a Pennsylvania arts centre with a sculptural, white form that references a kite. The Visual Arts Building is slated to be built at Franklin & Marshall College – a liberal arts institution in Lancaster dating back to 1787, which has just over 2,200 students. Announced this week during the college’s More

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Machado Silvetti clads Florida museum extension in over 3,000 green ceramic tiles

US firm Machado Silvetti has used jade-coloured terracotta tiles to sheath an extension to an Asian art centre on a museum campus in Florida (+ slideshow). The addition was created on the historic campus of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Commonly known as The Ringling, it is one of the More

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Kengo Kuma clads “amoeba-shaped” art centre in porous aluminium panels

Kengo Kuma and Associates has built an art centre with an intricate aluminium-moulded facade at a former cotton mill in China, which has been converted into a shop and office complex (+ slideshow). Kengo Kuma’s Japan-based firm converted the entire 10,440-square-metre mill to create the new retail, office and art centre called Wuxi Vanke, which is located near Taihu Lake on the outskirts More

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Valerio Dewalt Train uses stone and glass to build angular arts building in Chicago

US firm Valerio Dewalt Train Associates has completed a stone and glass arts centre in Chicago for a progressive private school for children (+ slideshow).  The building, called the Gordon Park Arts Hall, is located on the main campus for the University of Chicago Laboratory School, often referred to as Lab School. It serves as a More

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Daniel Libeskind designs angular white concrete and glass museum for Lithuanian art

Studio Libeskind has unveiled plans for a contemporary arts centre in Vilnius, which will house a unique collection of modern and contemporary art by Lithuanian artists (+ slideshow). Due to open in 2019, the Modern Art Center (MAC) will take the form of a white concrete-clad cuboid, with large angular chunks cut out to create […]

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Jonathan Dunn converts Victorian school house into cinema for an English town

A collection of old school buildings in Rye, East Sussex, has been converted into a cinema and arts centre with the addition of a shed-like extension (+ slideshow). Local arts charity Fletcher in Rye asked Jonathan Dunn Architects to transform the Victorian school into a two-screen cinema in Rye, a town in the southern English county of East Sussex. […]

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