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description cultural building and public spaces
category Public
location Mingacevir, Azerbaijan
built area 8.520 m²
Design Team

Stephan Buerger, Demetra Katsota, Spyros Ampanavos, Daphne Mintza


Glessner Group

client private
design year 2013
completion year 2014

The Kura Cultural Centre scheme unveils the incredible possibilities to realise a new vision for the city of Mingachevir. The proposal aims to create a new cultural and social centre, a multi-functional setting for conferences, concerts, theatre performances, film screenings, festivals, exhibitions, social events. With the intentions to design a transparent cultural media centre, the KCC intends to become revolutionary in its engineering and aesthetic.

The scheme addresses major urban and architectural design considerations for the siting and open space strategy, the adequate programmatic mix, the spatial, engineering, material and aesthetic character within a clear framework for realisation.

A new vertical landmark: The envisioned building will stand out as a transparent, radiant tower reflecting both sky and its surroundings as well as the vibrant life within it.

Casting a ‘new light’: ‘Inclusion’ through light and transparency describes the architectural idea of bringing at the KCC the ‘outside in’ and taking the ‘inside out’.

The city as a stage: The proposed building attempts to reinvigorate the archetypal conference and auditorium hall by redefining the relationship between the hallowed interior and the general public outside and around it. There is deliberately not only one foyer but instead, a vertical public route that connects the two auditoria by means of open spaces at different levels. Both the primary spaces -the 315-seat main auditorium and the 165-seat multi purpose hall have translucent glass façades and large openings that open the halls to the views and the landscape, offering the context as a dramatic backdrop for performances. The easily manipulable seating and stage configuration of the main auditorium, treasures a flexible and improvisatory nature allowing artistic directors to rapidly change the venue into a wide array of configurations.

Title Year Type Locaction Country
STUDENT STUDIOS PATRAS 2007 Residential Patras Greece
LANDHOTEL SILVESTAR 2016 Hospitality Motovun Croatia
K314 OFFICE BUILDING 2021 Offices Athens Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS B 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
HOUSE E 2016 Residential Artemida Greece
RADISSON RESORT SKIATHOS 2020 Hospitality Skiathos Greece
HOUSES A·2 2015 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
ROLLING GREENS - VILLAS A 2019 Hospitality, Residential Messinia Greece
ONE ATHENS APARTMENT 2021 Residential Athens Greece
ANNENHEIM CUBES 2012 Residential, Hospitality Annenheim Austria
RESTAURANT THALERSEE 2020 Public, Hospitality Graz Austria
STUDENT STUDIOS THESSALONIKI 2016 Residential Thessaloniki Greece
HOUSE H 2012 Residential Corfu Greece
BELGIAN EMBASSY ATHENS 2008 Public Athens Greece
VILLA S 2006 Residential Vienna Austria
OKZT OFFICES & APARTMENTS 2019 Offices Klagenfurt Austria
HOUSE A+B 2008 Residential Paros Greece
MAYRHOFEN STATION 2018 Public Mayrhofen Austria
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY GRAZ 2015 Public Graz Austria
PENINSULA 2019 Residential, Hospitality Paros Greece
VILLA W1 2008 Residential Corfu Greece
APARTMENT BUILDING STD3 2022 Residential Athens Greece
CING LABORATORY BUILDING 2018 Public Nicosia Cyprus
FERANT GARDEN APARTMENT 2018 Residential Ljublijana Slovenia
SCHLOSSMUSEUM LINZ 2006 Public Linz Austria
THREE SPACES 2013 Exhibition Athens Greece
KUBAN RIVERSIDE HOTEL 2013 Hospitality Krasnodar Russia
AS IF 2014 Research, Exhibition Venice Italy
COOP BANK HEADQUARTERS 2012 Commercial, Offices Nicosia Cyprus
6 VOIDS: PXATHENS 2012 Exhibition Venice Italy
LARNACA AGORA 2011 Public Larnaca Cyprus
HOUSE B 2014 Residential Chania Greece
RATHAUSPARK PAVILION 2009 Public Vienna Austria
PX ATHENS 2012 Public, Masterplan Athens Greece
PX THREE CORNERS 2012 Public Athens Greece
HOUSE L 2016 Residential, Research Antiparos Greece
PX SIX THRESHOLDS 2012 Public Athens Greece
DASOUPOLI HIGH SCHOOL 2010 Public Nicosia Cyprus
CASPIAN SEA RESORT 2012 Masterplan Baku Azerbaijan
HOUSE T 2016 Residential Antiparos Greece
FERLACH TECHNICAL SCHOOL 2016 Public Ferlach Austria
OFFICE A 2009 Offices Athens Greece
CAUCASUS CONFERENCE CENTRE 2012 Public Qabala Azerbaijan
SUPERSTORE V 2008 Commercial Athens Greece
KYRIAZI DEVELOPMENT 2008 Commercial, Residential Kifisia Greece
KURA CULTURAL CENTRE 2013 Public Mingacevir Azerbaijan
CLDC HOUSING 2020 Residential Larnaca Cyprus
NOVARA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 2018 Public, Educational Vienna Austria
APARTMENT BUILDING DP30 2021 Residential Athens Greece