En Pennsylvanie, dans les vestiges d'une ancienne usine de la Bethlehem Steel Corporation, l'agence Spillman Farmer Architects a réalisé l'ArtsQuest Center, un programme mixte, lieu d'art et de culture à l'architecture-signal. A l'intérieur, une salle de spectacle de 450 places, une salle de cinéma, des espaces d'exposition et de performances accueillent des manifestations culturelles et dynamisent cet ancien quartier industriel.

Sur ce projet, l'agence Spillman Farmer Architects précise:

"The Bethlehem Steel Corporation, based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was one of the most powerful companies of the Industrial Revolution. At its height, Bethlehem Steel was the second-largest steel producer in the United States and one of the largest shipbuilding companies in the world, occupying nearly 2000 acres in heart of the city and employing thousands of people over many generations. While the Bethlehem plant closed its operations in 1995, the iconic 285-foot blast furnaces still stand. Today, these historic ruins preside over the largest privately owned brownfield in the country, which is now being transformed into a dynamic, sustainable, and livable mixed-use community.

Anchoring the redevelopment at the foot of the historic blast furnaces is the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The ArtsQuest Center is a hybrid building: part performance space, exhibition venue, art cinema, education center, and cultural landmark. Its 68, 000 square feet of space includes a 450-seat venue for live musical performance, a two-screen state-of-the-art cinema, and a number of multifunctional performance and community venues. The building plays a critical role in the creation of vibrant public space in the urban core, hosting over 300 live performances a year, daily art cinema screenings, indoor and outdoor concerts, and arts festivals throughout the year."

Photographies: Paul Warchol Photography

Pour en savoir plus, visitez le site de Spillman Farmer Architects.

Source: Architecturenewsplus

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