UNStudio has unveiled competition-winning designs for Centre Culturel DédiéAu 7è Art, a new cultural center that eschews traditional building forms for a twisted, sculptural shape. The eye-catching building, which comprises a cinema and “cultural laboratory,” will become part of EuropaCity, a £2.74 billion tourism and leisure district masterplanned by BIG. Terraced green roofs will top UNStudio’s design to provide thermal insulation, while visually complementing BIG’s “rolling hills” next door.
Clad in weathering steel, Centre Culturel is made up of three interconnected volumes that project into different directions. UNStudio describes the design as “a cinema that is designed to go beyond the black box by becoming interactive, social and above all, accessible.” To that end, the architects embrace both an indoor traditional cinema as well as outdoor screens placed on the side of the building and on the rooftop terraces. Restaurants, cafes, and panoramic views can also be enjoyed from the landscaped roofs.
Film genres will dictate the organization of each of Centre Culturel DédiéAu 7è Art’s three volumes, which will also contain training and production studios. The center’s location and angular rooflines will be optimized for daylighting conditions. Wind studies will also inform the shape of the building.
UNStudio design images by Flying Architecture, EuropaCity masterplan by BIG