Aleppo Culture and Arts Center, Syria

Aleppo is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has always been perceived as one of the most important and influential cultural centers far beyond Syria and the Arab world.. To live up to this fame, the city decided to open an international competition for the design of a cultural center, the main program of which should include, in addition to the library, opera and theater. Unfortunately, perhaps due to political storms in the country, the result of the competition was never decided and the future of the project still open. The scope of each of the three main functions, opera, theater, and library, is optimally defined to the specific requirements of the respective use and clearly visible from the outside.

The position of each function within the context depends on its interior surfaces with other functions in the building as well as on interior surfaces with the surrounding city and visual contact with its important historical sites. Accordingly, all the important transparent parts of the outer shell, as regards the occasion, the background of the theater stage and parts of the facade of the large reading room, refer to the neighboring world famous citadel of Aleppo. This landmark, for several thousand years, therefore serves as the main cultural landscape for the new center. In addition to these distinctive sculptural design elements, each identifies two further formation elements. On one side, the architrave block accepts the main entrance for pedestrian traffic and the entire rear of the house functions. On the other hand, all major functions from the ground floor upward surround an inner yard, which can be accessed from the outside by the foot and by car through an extended ramp. The courtyard forms a visual connection between all functionalities and allows access to them from one central point.

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