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OMA’s first major public building ’’The Factory’’ won competition for Manchester

United Kingdom Architecture News - Nov 26, 2015 - 17:10   5154 views

exterior image presents a sensitive / transparent and invitational form to the public. image © OMA. image Courtesy The Factory Manchester 

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has won the international competition to design The Factory Manchester, the city’s cutting-edge arts venue that will take a radically new approach to cultural production and performance. The project will be OMA’s first major public building in the UK.

In the press release, it was stated that OMA's winning proposal ''The Factory'' will be a new kind of large-scale venue that captures the extraordinary creative vision and depth of Manchester’s cultural life. It will be a flagship cultural centre for the North and North West, commissioning original works in partnership with leading national and international organisations. The Factory will build on the success of the Manchester International Festival and create innovative commissions all year round, playing a significant role in the next phase of economic and cultural evolution in the North.

This 15-acre site will form a new neighbourhood for people to live, work, create and experience with residential, workspace, hotels, independent food and drink, extensive public realm and open green spaces. image © OMA. image Courtesy The Factory Manchester 

The project will present a wide range of art forms and culture, incorporating theatre, music, dance, technology, film, TV, media and live relays, scientific advancements and the connections between all of these - under one roof. It will be an inspiring space where art is created, not just hosted. The Factory will be large enough and flexible enough to allow more than one new work of significant scale to be shown and/or created at the same time, accommodating combined audiences of up to 7,000. Construction of the project is due to begin in 2016 with completion in 2019.

"I am delighted that we have won the competition to design The Factory and look forward to realising this radical arts building for Manchester. It is wonderful to participate in the longstanding renaissance of the city, and particularly the Festival, where real experimentation is expected" says Rem Koolhaas, founder of OMA

The Factory will form a part of the new St John's neighbourhood, which is being developed by Allied London in partnership with Manchester City Council, on the site of the former Granada TV Studios. image © OMA. image Courtesy The Factory Manchester 

"We are delighted to be playing our part in such a wide-reaching community and cultural project. We were delighted to see the quality of responses from the design teams but particularly pleased with the choice of architect, having studied several important projects designed by OMA over recent years" says Michael Ingall, Allied London’s Chief Executive.

The estimated budget for The Factory Manchester is to be up to £110m. The Government pledged £78m in last year’s Autumn Statement towards the project as part of its Northern Powerhouse initiative. It was also stated that Manchester City Council will develop the rest of the funding package, which will include third party support such as public subscription and donations, as part of the detailed business case. Capital receipts from planned land and property sales will generate the council’s contribution to capital funding.

section view shows multipartite forms that are very transparent and vivid for the audience. image © OMA. image Courtesy The Factory Manchester 

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