We are delighted to announce the winner of WAN Performing Spaces Award 2015 is Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico submitted by Broissin Architects - Congratulations!
Judging the entries in this category were were Gerbrand Borgdorff, co-founder and business director of Theateradvies bv; Michael Hammond, Editor in Chief at World Architecture News; Barry Pritchard, Executive Director Aedas Arts Team and David Staples, consultant at Theatre Projects.
The winning entry was selected from the shortlist of six inspirational projects, each project showing the best in international architecture for performing arts venues. But for our jurors, there was one stand-out winner.
Gerbrand Borgdorff began by saying ”This is a really interesting project, It’s a special place - spectacular and modest at the same time, which is difficult to achieve”. Broissin Architects engineered a facade of five separate concrete roofs, displayed at various angles that, along with the ribbon windows, filled out the voids between the concrete bands. The abstract exterior masks the vibrant interiors of the performance hall within, which consists of timber-clad walls and a red ceiling intended to embody the ‘composer's passion’. Its shape provides unique acoustics; with reverberation time ranging from 1 to 1.5 seconds, allowing symphonic performances as well as rock concerts. .“I like it because it addresses the outside and the inside” commented Michael Hammond.
When asking David Staples what made this project a winner he said ”Attractive elevation, subtle symmetry, it’s got a lot going for it, this is the one I would like to go to tonight and see a show” with Gerbrand Borgdorff agreeing by saying ”I’d like to be in the audience too, it’s intimate and it’s great there’s daylight in the auditorium”.
We’d like to take the opportunity to thank not only the jury but all who entered their projects into this years’ Performing Spaces Award.