2010 // Caracas, Venezuela
* Second Prize in the Complejo Internacional de Acción Social por la Música Simón Bolívar (CIASMSB)
// Project Architect
with SLiK Architekten
The design of the CIASMB Music Center for Social Action was conceived as part of our commitment to and previous experience with the Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv). Their goal is to develop a future music complex that expands on the existing building where the national network of youth orchestras is currently based. The concept of three new theaters topped by a new music school focuses on integrating the cultural complex with the “Los Caobos” park and the larger urban scale. The spatial distribution of the project elements is a coherent combination of the enclosed, private spaces of the school with the open and public spaces of the theaters.
The music school was designed as a separate volume lifted above the theaters - separated from the public areas without harming the unity of the building or its operational function of accommodating more than 4,000 people.
The technical details of the sun shading devices and solar panels create an architectural project committed to environmental considerations through clean energy generation and consumption. The circulation sequence of the building is developed through a ramp system that integrates the building and context from the main street / park to the music school above. The ramp also organizes a series of events and programs across the different levels of the building. New connections between the boulevard and the park, which passes through the building, guide students and pedestrians to public amenities such as cafés, an audio library, and a bookstore.
Urban-Think Tank: Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner
U-TT Project Architects: Michael Contento, Lindsey Sherman
UTT Project Team: Willem Boning, Rafael Machado, Melissa Ramos
SLiK Architekten GmbH: Steffen Lemmerzahl, Ramias Steinemann, Lukas Kueng
SLiK Team: Ivo Piazza, Thomas Vermeulen
Structural Engineer: Castellón & Steiner, Ingenieros Civiles – Andrés Steiner; Ove Arup and Partners – Cliff McMillan, Ricardo Pittella, Christof Draheim
Sustainability Engineer: Ove Arup and Partners – Cliff McMillan, Trent Lethco, Maria Villalobos; Transsolar Climate Engineering – Thomas Auer, Daniel Pianka
Acoustic Engineer: Müller-BBM GmbH – Karl-Heinz Müller; Ove Arup and Partners – Cliff McMillan, Joe Solway, Raj Patel
Client: Fundacion del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela (Fesnojiv)