Center for Culture and Arts Aleppo, Syria

Aleppo is one of the oldest cities in the world. This has always been perceived as one of the most important and influential cultural centers far from Syria and the Arab world. To correspond to this fame, the city decided to open an international competition about the design of the cultural center, the main program of which should include in addition to the library the opera and theater also.Unfortunately, it is possible due to political storms in the country, the result of the competition never decided, and the future of the project is still open.The volume of each of the three main functions, opera, theater, and libraries is optimally determined to certain requirements of the corresponding use and clearly visible from the outside.

The position of each function within the context depends on its internal surfaces with other functions in the building as well as on internal surfaces with the surrounding city and visual contact with its important historical places. Accordingly, all the important transparent parts of the outer shell, as for the case, the background of the theater and parts of the facade of the large reading room, turn to the neighboring world -famous Aleppo citadel. This guideline 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 elements of formation. On the one hand, the architrave block accepts the main entrance for pedestrian movement and the entire back of the functions of the house. On the other hand, all the main functions from the first floor are surrounded by an internal yard, to which the leg can be accessed from the outside and by car through an expanded slope. The yard forms a visual connection between all functionality and allows you to gain access to them from one central point.

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