The unique lake island site calls for an
exceptional architectural composition of two wings that frame a gateway between
two urban districts on opposite sides of the water.
The composition is remarkable in its capacity
to hold the two wings together while allowing them to both be constructed and
A thoroughfare is designed to pass under a central
plaza where it connects to drop off areas, parking and loading. Primary exit lanes lead cars and busses up to drop off areas in the
central plaza above, whereupon people may enter the
buildings ceremoniously. VIP can be dropped off in a special
location in the garage and use elevators that lead directly to the VIP room and
theater. Landscaped promenades direct people to converge on the central plaza.
On the waterfront sides of the buildings,
stepped gardens allow people to enjoy extraordinary perspectives of the
cultural complex, in the foreground, and the surrounding city. The geometry of
the buildings is primarily dedicated to fostering an unforgettable subjective
and organic experience of the waterfront.
design is intended to be a comprehensive synthesis of plazas, pedestrian and
vehicular access, water movement systems and landscape features which are
integrated with the buildings and the surrounding water.
The plaza serves as
a public space for large receptions and parties. Entrances to the North and South wings face
the plaza. The plaza features a reflecting pool with a skylight in the middle. The two lobbies are
open orientation spaces with ramps ascending and bridges crossing overhead in a
dramatic manner that exhibits the activity of users. It is possible to pass
through the lobbies to gardens that look out over the water and city beyond.
The geometry and structural system are designed in accordance
with a pattern of repetitive modules that optimize pre-fabrication,
pre-assembly and the use of modular insulation and cladding.
The program includes 2,200 m2 for performance &
conference; 3800, m2 for
exhibition space; 6500 m2 for the theater; 9,500 m2 for a youth activity
center; 1,000 m2 for public activities spaces; 3,000 m2 for classrooms; 1,500 m2 for library and study center; 4500
m2 for commercial programs, café and leisure tearoom; 3,000 m2 for indoor sports; 1,100 m2 for offices & management;
parking for 357
Design team: Preston Scott Cohen, Carl
Dworkin; Mark Eichler, assistant
Schedule: One of four finalists in the international