national theater of equatorial guinea by IAD
national theater of equatorial guinea by IAD national theater of equatorial guinea by IAD
aug 13, 2013

national theater of equatorial guinea by IAD

national theater of equatorial guinea by IAD
all images courtesy of independent architectural diplomacy




spanish firm independent architectural diplomacy (IAD) have revealed their design for the national theater of equatorial guinea, one of the smallest countries in middle africa with an area of just 28000 square kilometers . the cultural hub will be sited in the city of oyala, set become the capital of the impoverished yet oil-rich west african nation. the architecture is slated to be the utmost representation of guinean culture on an international level and seeks to express and soften the complicated socio-economic hierarchy of the country within its very form. the smooth and ever-changing geometry of the waxing and waning moon as well as the intangible likes of debussy’s clair de lune are made manifest with sweeping planes and warm light– all formal decisions which allow the venue to host various types of events simultaneously. the gibbous curve rises from the landscape and delineates the dual nature of the program. the crescent both embraces and contains a public entrance, main hall, auditorium and stage while embedding technical facilities within the tectonic mass. on the public side, a transparent curve defines an open, urban space that gives rise to other open habitable sites. a green embankment further invites the public to find their resonance in the landscape.



the dynamic curved volumes in context



night view



the dual nature of the design makes simultaneous programing



a hand drawn section highlights the sequential shapeliness of the the spaces


  • Quelle belle réalisation!!

    aurelia-m says:
  • “the impoverished yet oil-rich west african nation”. Ah some western air conditioned Geheryesque swoops and Hadid swirls is just what the IMPOVERISHED citizens of this country are waiting for. Technology sure trumps “the complicated socio-economic hierarchy” Yep give them ice cubes when they need some pure drinking water.

    Lightmaker says:
  • Even still, I’m sure much of the local employment would still largely depend on huge public civic and infrastructure projects such as this which is representative of the amount of investment pouring into small countries such as this.

    anton says:

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