Architects from around the world are being invited to participate in an international design competition for a new, $100-million provincial art gallery in Nova Scotia.
The gallery is being moved about two blocks from its present location on Hollis Street to the waterfront in Halifax and will be a centre point for an arts district.
“This project is part of Nova Scotia’s vision for strengthening its culture sector by helping position Nova Scotia as a world leader in the visual arts, enhancing tourism, and creating a new public space to celebrate and showcase art and culture,” says Nancy Noble, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
“Going the route of a design competition provides more information regarding the design capabilities of the short-listed firms and better demonstrates their understanding of the project requirements. A design competition also stands to bring new and unique perspectives to the design and will garner local, national, and international attention to what will become a new sense of pride for Nova Scotia.”
Noble says the gallery is seeking an exceptional team of architects and designers to realize the ambitions of the art gallery and the dream of creating an inclusive world-class centre for art.
A design competition is the best way to capture a global perspective on how a gallery can best serve a community, explains Noble, while also ensuring the architecture helps the art gallery achieve its vision of being an inclusive public gathering place that connects all people with art.
“The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia believes in being welcoming, contemporary, challenging, and ambitious and we are looking for a team that can bring these beliefs to life.”
The competition, which is the first of its magnitude for the province, is expected to last six months and will take place in two stages. The competition will be open to local, national and international teams and architects.
Stage one is a call for qualifications and interviews with the top qualified candidates. Stage two is the formal design competition where shortlisted firms will create conceptual designs for the art gallery and surrounding space. Architects who are shortlisted will have six months to submit their designs.
The conceptual designs of all finalists will be on public display for feedback which will be provided to the winning design team. The final design team will be chosen by a qualified jury of professionals, including architects and museum professionals.
The winning team will assist the province by leading the continued engagement process once a contract is awarded. There will be intensive period for broad engagement of the public and key interest groups at the start of the consultant’s work.
The province has stated that it wants to develop an iconic art gallery and public space to promote art, culture, world-class exhibitions, events and programming for all Nova Scotians and visitors to the province.
“We are embarking on an exciting phase of the project to build Nova Scotia’s new waterfront art gallery and public space,” Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine said in a statement. “Our commitment speaks to the important contributions the arts make to our communities and to our economy.”
Trevor Murphy, chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, says maintaining a vibrant arts scene is integral to the vitality of the province and to the wellbeing of those who live there.
“The new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and arts district will enliven creativity throughout the cultural sector, encourage economic growth and offer the opportunity to Nova Scotians and its visitors to experience a rich, ever-expanding tapestry of storytelling, talent and meaning.”
Jennifer Angel, CEO of Develop Nova Scotia, a provincial crown corporation that works with communities and partners to build on the assets of the province, says the gallery will be part of an arts district that will be a welcoming place for people from all communities to access art and experience cultural activities on their waterfront.
“Art and culture are important contributors to quality of life — both to the social fabric of a community and to our economy,” she notes. “We want to create a place that is truly inclusive, where art is accessible to everyone.”
In terms of economic impact, Angel says the new destination will contribute to the magnetism of Halifax and Nova Scotia as a place to visit and to live, as well as support the cultural sector which employs almost 14,000 Nova Scotians, and in 2017 contributed $929 million to the provincial economy.
“The arts district is more than just a relocation of an art gallery on the Halifax waterfront. It’s a project that’s about creating a place, including a substantial public space with year-round activity and opportunities for art-related business and programming, where everyone can access art.
“It also makes a statement about the value Nova Scotia places on art and culture with this location on the Halifax waterfront, our most visited destination.”
Angel says the arts district and gallery will be a place where all Nova Scotians feel they can belong.
“Although the arts district will be the physical hub, it will connect to art and cultural experiences around the province, providing opportunities for all Nova Scotians to experience and engage with the arts and with each other, no matter where they live.”
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz gave a private performance Friday for a star-studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio and local Latin boy band CNCO during Miami’s Art Week.
The lavish party is an annual affair hosted by business mogul and art collector Wayne Boich. He and his wife also hosted a private dinner before the Richard Mille After Dark event at their waterfront estate. Venus and Serena Williams danced and sang along as Kravitz took the stage for a 75-minute concert as a yacht pulled alongside to hear the rocker.
“This ain’t a concert. We’re just hanging out,” the “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” singer said, pulling Boich onstage to dance.
Kravitz, who has lived on and off in Miami for years, is a regular during the prestigious Art Basel week and even displayed his photography during an exhibit in 2015, saying he was tired of always being the subject of photos and wanted to turn the camera around for a change.
The black-and-white collection, titled “Flash,” captured soulful photographs and people in their everyday environments.
After midnight, rapper T.I. surprised a crowd that included French Montana, “Transformers” actor Amaury Nolasco and NBA star Joakim Noah.
Even the “Live Your Life” rapper seemed impressed by the event, calling it an “extravagant party … and as the founder of trap music my expectations are high.”
The night ended with Hannah Bronfman’s husband DJ’ing as she and actress Karrueche danced.
In a week filled with over-the-top events, Boich’s parties have become a mainstay. It was canceled last year due to COVID, but guests at his 2019 party which included Floyd Mayweather, Dwyane Wade and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, a cameo from “Country Grammar” singer Nelly and an after-party show by rapper 2 Chainz.
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Text description provided by the architects. The Xitang East Area under construction is the eastward expansion of the old town of Xitang, including nearly 100,000 square meters of tourist retail, hotel, visitor center and cultural facilities. After completion, it will become a new entrance at the northeast of the old town. Xitang East Area is divided by a river into two phases. As the key point of Phase Ⅱ, Building One locates at the southwest corner of the northern site, facing the river on the west and south sides to overlook the old town and adjoining the Phase Ⅰretail blocks on the other side of the river.
The old town of Xitang has strict urban planning requirements for the new buildings in the scenic area. In addition to the height limit, sloping roof, small blue-black tile, black-white & gray tone and wood color are all prerequisites for the design. What kind of program should be planned in the core area of the East Area riverfront? What kind of form-type should be used to meet the needs of function and establish its landmark while complying with the requirements of townscape? It is the answer to these challenges that dominate the entire design process.
The basic urban fabric of the pedestrian streets in East Area is the retail courtyard on the ground and first floor and gable-roof-house hotel courtyard on the second floor. On top of this “base color” are the special landmarks scattered in the area, such as the tourist center at the center, the Nijigen Activity Hall at the northeast corner, and the Naera Boutique Hotel PhaseⅡat the northwest corner. As one of these landmarks, Building One especially needs to attract people to stay and participate in long time purposed activities, thereby forming an agglomeration effect and becoming the highlight of the tourist experience in the entire eastern area. After thorough studies and discussions, a mixed function of market and art gallery became the consensus of the client and the design team, that is to create an open and flowing market space on the first floor to accommodate the organic farm market, creative bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant and hotel reception while create a multifunctional art gallery on the second floor to host exhibitions, forums and cocktail parties.
We translated the program and style regulations into the design commitment of space and image, which became the basis for the tectonic system. As per the obvious difference between the programs of the upper and lower floors, we continued the stacking pattern of frame and gable roof structure used in the pedestrian street, but reversed it upside-down with the gable roof structure at the bottom in order to acquire particularity with coordination.
The Chinese overhanging gable roof supported by the white gable wall is a traditional residential form-type in the southern Yangtze River Delta, and a single roof can be replicated continuously to cover a larger area. We extracted the structural form of Y-shaped columns from the geometry of the continuous gable wall to support the upside-down triangular truss roof, forming a linear unit with a width of 6.3 meters and a length of nearly 52 meters. The space in the truss is used to install MEP equipment, and a continuous undulating indoor space is formed under the truss. 6 linear units are connected parallel to form the roof covering the ground floor market, echoing the continuous ancient town settlements. The freely distributed Y-shaped columns ensure open and flowing space for the market, making sharable and flexible space possible for diversified functions. At the east and west ends, some of the Y-shaped columns are replaced by V-shaped gable walls with diagonal braces inside, which solve the seismic force and establishes a connection with the traditional gable walls with inverted slope.
The art gallery sits on the market, and if we had continued to use the language of gable roofs and unit settlements, we would easily achieve harmony in style, but it would be difficult then to provide the necessary landmark identity and large interior space. Therefore, we tried to construct a single, relatively abstract form to house a column-free space. The connection with tradition is no longer limited to the figurative form, but draws inspiration from wooden craftsmanship to pursue a more complete iconicity. In the end, we extracted the cross-bearing structure from the lantern craft of Xitang.
The big roof is about 30 meters long and 20 meters wide. 92 short glulam beams cross and bear with each other to form a slightly arched shell, which makes the large-span structure more reasonable and solves drainage of the roof with its slope simultaneously. The weight of the wooden roof is transferred to the surrounding wooden pillars through a ring of horizontal steel frame. The group of columns is composed of X-shaped oblique columns three-dimensionally composd by inter-inserted glulam poles. Providing continuous supports in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions, this column group has a strong resistance for lateral force. It not only bears the horizontal thrust of the arch roof beams and makes slender column size with a section of 160X160mm possible, but also provides side resistance for the glass curtain wall at the inner side of the column.
On the second floor, we concentrate the stair, elevator, large lifting platform and other equipment in a long box on the north side of the gallery to keep the purity of the main space. The outward folded floor-to-ceiling curtain wall is made of half- glazed glass with gradual fogging, and an adjustable membrane is set under the diamond-shaped skylight on the roof to offer the art gallery soft natural light during daytime, while the warm light can be shed at night, making it a glamorous “super lantern” in the east district of Xitang.
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