- Brigida González \ Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
- Light Invaders \ Marcin Pogorzelski
- The belTable \ Marcin Pogorzelski
- Call for entries: Gold Coast Australia International Competition ‘cultural heart and soul’
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 08:34 AM PST
The geometry of the Festival Hall developed from the topographical conditions, placing it in an adequate relationship with the existing Passionsspielhaus. The building's form and positioning both relate to the impressive landscape setting defi ned by the rock formations in the back, and to the dynamic presence of its neighboring historical counterpart.
This existing building and the new one are oriented towards one another. They complement and elevate their respective architectural articulation of the reference to the landscape by interacting visually with one another.
The new building increases existing qualities of the natural and architectural environment. Aside from the geometry, colour also enhances the duality between old and new. While the white surface of the Passionsspielhaus stands out optically during the time of the summer festival, the changing of seasons brings upon a cromatic reversal of the ensemble. The configuration of the Festival Hall resembles a tectonic stratification. Its crevices and faults lying in between indicate the way into the building's interior. At nighttime the incisions and folds in the distinctive façade allow insight into the radiant foyer.
The topographic imprint on the new building is consequently continued within its interior. The design idea is guided by two defining parameters: the interrelation between the interior and the surrounding natural space as well as the spatial configuration of a functional, internationally acclaimed concert hall. Flowing visual and functional spatial references define the architecture. Areas with diverse usage and geometry show the creative engagement with communication and calm, dynamism and concentration. The sequences of movement are subtly guided by the sensory experience of the rooms. The access staircase is integrated into the landscape thus guiding visitors into the building.
Cloakroom and reception desk are situated near the entrance. The foyer – an asymmetric construction volume – allows manifold views onto the surrounding nature as well as onto the neighboring Passionsspielhaus.
A staircase running in the opposite direction leads onto the upper gallery where the impressive relationship between interior and exterior space can be experienced again through the ample west façade made of glass. This level also hosts the building's secondary functions.
Orientation, room sequence and functional relations are integral parts of the architectural dramaturgy: ample communication areas, retracting and expanding circulation areas and varying room hights translate the building's tectonic geometry in a sensory manner. In a consequent and effective way, the approach to the concert hall is staged through a gentle surge of the entrance level.
The respective levels of the foyer are connected with the concert hall through two entrances. The latter is situated in the centre of the building like a shell, its rear part being anchored in the rock. The transition from the foyer into the concert hall is accompanied by spatial and atmospheric change: dynamism, variability and asymmetry give way to maximum concentration, static calm and orthogonality.
Like the succession of rooms, the mterials concept is equally defined by a sensorial perception of the respective usage areas. Differentiations in geometry, haptics and surfaces of room elements increase the senorial experience of single function areas and facilitate orientation.
The shine in the foyer during the winter's sunset increases the communicative character of this area of encounter. Following the metaphor of an exposed jewel, the concert hall is defi ed by a distinct change of materials: wood surfaces and subdued colours create a warm room composition of tense quiet thus directing the visitors' attention onto the performance to follow.
Multiple technical equipment and the possibility to transform the hall allows a varied use which reaches far beyond the function of a classical concert and festival venue.
+ Project facts
Competition: 1st prize
Net floor area [total]: 8.800 m²
Project manager: Sebastian Brunke
+ All images and drawings courtesy DMAA
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 07:41 AM PST
"Light Invaders" is a collection of home lamps inspired by a micro insects. Those little invisible creatures are everywhere in our living space. After many years of evolution they are made specially to what is theirs purpose. This is what Marcin Pogorzelski wanted to accomplish designing those lamps. Marcin Pogorzelski’s purpose was to make a lamp which will be almost only a light deliverer nothing else. Marcin Pogorzelski got three different sizes for 3 different functions. Big one is to deliver overall light for interior, medium is to bring more spot light for reading or play and small one to experience light on yours desks or tables. Those light creatures are very useful for every one of us.
+ Designer: Marcin Pogorzelski
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 07:36 AM PST
Designed by Marcin Pogorzelski, the belTable is project of table based mainly on simplicity. The plan was to minimize every parts of table and make it even easier to put together after unpacked at home. There are 4 parts which are used to create the belTable. Top, Legs, Pegs and Belt. That's all what you can find in packaging. No Glue, Screws or any kind of Tools need to put it together at home. Table made for people who appreciate minimalism and good taste. The belTable is coffe/newspaper/book table. Belt is not only a connection between legs and table top but also a place where you can storage your newspapers or books.
+ Designer: Marcin Pogorzelski
Posted: 11 Dec 2012 06:19 AM PST
Australia’s sixth largest city – the Gold Coast – has announced a global design competition to develop it’s ‘cultural heart and soul’.
Designers are being invited for form multi-disciplinary teams ready for the two-stage competition, to be launched in March 2013.
Shortlisted teams will each receive $A250,000 to develop their designs.
+ Summary of steps – design competition
December 2012: International media announcement signalling the design competition to be launched in early 2013
Winning team and design sought for city's cultural heart
Teams keen to take up the opportunity to produce a winning design for a world-class cultural precinct that will transform the Gold Coast's cultural heart will be invited to participate in a global design competition early in 2013.
Gold Coast Mayor, Councillor Tom Tate, today unveiled Council's plan to develop Evandale as the epicentre of culture for Australia's 6th largest city.
Cr Tate today (11/12) issued a call to leading national and international design teams to be 'on their marks' and ready for a major global design competition in the New Year.
He said the competition should be an exciting opportunity for designers to work within a magnificent 17-hectare site.
Council's vision for the cultural precinct encompasses state-of-the-art facilities in the performing arts, visual arts and new media, set in creatively landscaped surroundings.
It will become a destination for residents and visitors wanting to connect with the essence of the Gold Coast and be part of the unique cultural buzz of the city.
The competition will be launched in March 2013. Design teams will have six weeks to submit entries.
Following this initial submission process, an independent expert jury will select up to three teams to be offered $250,000 each to develop detailed proposals for the cultural precinct.
It is expected that final designs will be exhibited for the public to view and the winner selected by the jury in late 2013.
+ For more information, please visit: www.goldcoastculturalprecinct.info
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