herzog & de meuron: cultural complex luz, sao paulo
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feb 20, 2013
herzog & de meuron: cultural complex luz, sao paulo


‘cultural complex luz’ by herzog & de meuron, sao paulo, brasil
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adding to the growing cultural district of sao paulo, brasil, the ‘cultural complex luz’ by renowned practice herzog & de meuron will contribute to
the already prominent concert hall, the free university of music, the sao paulo state pinacoteca, and the museum of sacred art, amongst others,
and is a key component to the revitalization of luz. the interdisciplinary center, begun in 2009 and scheduled for inauguration in 2016, will combine
dance and music, amateurs with professionals, and performers with spectators in a 1750-seat theater, 500-seat recital hall, and 400-seat flexible
experimental theater. the program is divided and accessed in a unique way that supports open circulation and collaboration amongst diverse groups.
the project re-envisions the regular archetypal street grid and stacks it in perpendicular orientations at half levels, creating a weaved mesh of rectangular
elements that allow the free movement of guests between the static creative nodes, infilled with lush vegetation and trees. the grand ramp protrudes
from the structure like an elevated entry promenade that also contains an outdoor performance venue and connects to the 850-car underground parking
garage. the entry sequence presents the user with a lively, layered series of spaces that act as a three-dimensional public square servicing each function:
the 2000-student music school, cafe, garden, ticket booth, or dance company. the three performance venues are located within the voids of the mesh
and anchor the interlocked matrix of ramps onto the site.

 

 


concept animation
video courtesy of PINIweb

 

 


aerial view
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site in the urban context injects a dense green area
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stacking and layering of crossing rectangular planes
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social spaces in open air courtyards and gardens
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impromptu performance spaces
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dance theater
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layering of program
(red) theaters
(yellow) public areas
(pink) dance company
(orange) school of music
(grey) support spaces
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floor plan
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floor plan
image © herzog & de meuron

 

 

project info:

 

 

partners: jacques herzog, pierre de meuron, ascan mergenthaler (partner in charge), markus widmer
project team: tomislav dushanov (associate, project director), marcelo bernardi (project manager), iva smrke (associate, project architect),
kentaro ishida (associate), stefan göddertz (associate), nicholas lyons (associate)
client: governo do estado de são paulo (secretaria de estado da cultura), são paulo, brazil

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