Cultural Center Ceske BudejoviceEdit profile
By defining of the brief for an architectural competition Ceske Budejovice has decided to claim the way of modern and self-confident European cities. Conversion of historic buildings for diverse needs of today’s cultural institutions are well known from Paris (Palais de Tokyo, Centquatre), Vienna (MuseumsQuartier), Hamburg (Elbe Opera), Berlin (Neues Museum), Lyon (National Opera), London (Tate Modern) Barcelona (Caixa Forum Fondacio Tàpies, CCCB), Madrid (Caixa Forum, the Museo Reina Sofia), Venice (Punta della Dogana) and also from Prague (DOX Centre for Contemporary Art).
The design process consists of the following steps:
1 / Cleansing original structures from the sediments and harsh adaptations of modern fittings.
2 / The distribution of the new program into original auditoriums and newly consolidated spaces.
3 / Increasing the capacity of the main auditorium and his technical background by embossed glass addition on the eastern unfinished facade.
4 / Create a new entrance hall in the basement, including related functions (information desk, resaturant, bar, cloak rooms, toilets). Linking this new entrance level with the modified terrain by the summer amphitheater. Air-conditioning and heating technology is moved to the attic space.
5 / The finding that the given program doesn‘t need all the existing floor area of the object.
6 / Extraction of the internal structures between the rooms on the facade and the main staircase inside. Creating a spacious patio vertically connecting all the floors up to the roof skylight. The resulting free space illuminated by natural daylight allows visual contact through the entire building and creates a vertical “open space”.
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