OMA gets green light for their first major public building in the UK

January 16, 2017 by  
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Move over London —Manchester is on the rise as an arts and culture capital in the north of England. City councilors just gave the green light to the Factory – a £110 million Rem Koolhaas -designed arts center that marks OMA’s first major public building in the United Kingdom. The design of the boxy white arts venue won an international competition, and it will be “ultra flexible” to accommodate a variety of art forms and performances. OMA revealed the Factory designs back in 2015, when the Dutch firm beat out a shortlist of acclaimed practices including Zaha Hadid and Mecanoo . Located in Manchester’s St. John’s neighborhood, the massive glass cube construction will transform the underused area—the site of the former Granada Studios—into a world-class center for arts and culture. The Factory is also expected to generate 1,500 jobs and boost the area’s economy by £1.1 billion through the growth of creative industries in the north. Related: London’s new Design Museum opens this week inside a renovated post-war modernist building “From classical opera and ballet to large-scale performances and experimental productions, Factory in Manchester provides the perfect opportunity to create the ultimate versatile space in which art, theatre and music come together: a platform for a new cultural scene,” said Ellen van Loon, the OMA partner in charge of the project. Construction is expected to begin this spring. + OMA Via Dezeen

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A new Eden greenhouse is springing up in a Royal Dutch estate

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Palace Soestdijk Estate in the Netherlands will soon be transformed into an experimental garden and greenhouse . Mecanoo unveiled plans for Eden Soestdijk, which will take visitors on an interactive, educational tour of several spectacular landscapes, in partnership with the Eden Soestdijk foundation, Eden Project (UK), Kossmann.dejong and Royal HaskoningDHV. The project aims to educate people on ecology and sustainability, and create an interactive exhibition space that will showcase the beauty of nature from different perspectives. Different chambers will allow visitors to explore the planet’s various ecosystems . In the tropical rainforest they will experience the importance of biodiversity , the high-tech agricultural area will provide insights into efficient, sustainable food production , while the subterranean level will be inhabited by fungi and bacteria. In addition to its cultural role, the palace will also house an incubator space where entrepreneurs, scientists and students can learn and develop ideas. Related: Giant Bubble Biomes Form the World’s Largest Greenhouse “The world is facing pressure from increasingly larger and more complex problems when it comes to water, food, climate and energy. Eden Soestdijk wants to tackle these problems and contribute to a more sustainable society by stimulating and inspiring visitors to change their behavior in a positive way,” said Anton Valk, chairman of the Eden Soestdijk foundation. + Mecanoo Via World Architecture News

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Studio Oosk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin

April 11, 2014 by  
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Studio Oosk are the brains behind this amazing shape-shifting pavilion , which is set to take shape this summer in Berlin. The creative public space will rise in the ZK/U sculpture park, and it will host temporary exhibitions by a range of international artists in addition to workshops and performances. To meet these needs Osk designed a lively platform that can be transformed into different forms for any occasion. Read the rest of Studio Oosk’s Shape-Shifting Pavilion Set to Pop Up this Summer in Berlin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptable design , adjustable design , art gallery berlin , berlin public art , Eco Architecture , eco design , green architecture , green design , pavilion , studio osk , Sustainability , sustainable design , temporary space , ZK/U

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