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Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre

"The honeycomb grid is adopted as the best way to connect spaces at different heights and to organize the whole audience.", says AH Asociados on Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre.

By: AH Asociados + Kengo Kuma & Associates

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
View from the highway.

Project details

  • Project Name:Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre
  • Location of Site:Granada (Spain)
  • Principal designers: Kengo Kuma & AH Asociados
  • Design Team: Diego Lopez Arahuetes, Pablo Branchi Borrell, Ana Julieta Peretz, Yui Uchimura , Keigo Yoshida, Marion Geinzer, Marcin Sapeta, Miruna Constantinescu, Hiroaki Saito, Ovidio Teleche, Ryota Torao, Balazs Bognar, Oliver Lacombe, Juan Hernandez G&amez, David Naval&an Mateos, Francisco Quiles Magro , Sergio Jard&an
  • Technical Collaboration: Nagata Acoustics Inc, Ejiri Civil & Structural Engineers, Teresa Gali-Izard (Arquitectura Agronomia)
  • Project Type: Facility - Cultural
  • Client: Junta de Andalucia

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Stage and audience.

Words from the architect

Granatum - A building that evokes the structure of a symbolic fruit for Granada. A geometry inspired on the nature. The honeycomb grid is adopted as the best way to connect spaces at different heights and to organize the whole audience. It is also the base for the structural system, as it becomes the principle to solve the structure of a no-column space. The hall configuration is a "fan type", trying to avoid the strong hierarchy of the "shoe box", with impersonalized stalls and small boxes on the upper levels. The hall proposed has 1462 seats organized equally in a series of terraces around the stage that impedes the discrimination of the audience The hall is considered here as a social space, compact and cozy, reproducing the spirit of the Old Italian opera theatres, where the relation among the audience was also very important.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Exterior view.

The foyers are part of the thickness of the facade, facing the open space of the future development of the city beyond the loop highway at the back of the site. The entrance is also tangential to the main axis of the site, a bent entrance, inspired by tradition of the Islamic architecture, entrances breaking the axis with abrupt turns, very present in the historic buildings of the city.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Hall.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Exterior view.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Interior stair.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
South elevation.

Architecture-Page | Granatum - Granada Performing Arts Centre by Kengo Kuma + AH Asociados
Model.

Credits

  • Text and images: Kengo Kuma & AH Asociados

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