CorpArtes Theater and Cultural Center / Renzo Zecchetto Architects


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  • Architects: Renzo Zecchetto Architects
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Renzo Zecchetto
  • Area: 60000.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne
  • Project Manager, Theater: Michael Stebbins
  • Project Manager, Sculpture Court: Flavio Zecchetto
  • Project Designers: Rob Rombold, Minya Radenkovic, Alex Garcia, Lori Hashimoto Anne Schmidt, Sebastiano Zecchetto
  • Structural Engineer: Rene Lagos
  • Acoustics: Newson Brown
  • A/V: Sonitus
  • Mechanical Engineer: Cintec
  • Electrical Engineer: Fleischman
  • Theatrical Consultant: JSFA
  • Owner’s Project Manager: Juan Pablo Martinez
  • Contractor: Ingevec
  • Landscape Architect: Juan Grimm

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© Guy Wenborne

From the architect. The CorpArtes Cultural Center is located in an active urban setting, surrounded by tall glass office towers and adjacent to a restaurant-lined pedestrian boulevard. The project is an opportunity to bring together disconnected urban assets and integrate them into the Cultural Center as an urban destination. 


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© Guy Wenborne

The program is a combination of new facilities and the renovation and re-purposing of existing spaces. The theater space was created underground utilizing vacated parking areas to support the infrastructure. The theater fly tower is the only visible volume at street level, acting as a sculptural marker for announcements and outdoor events. Clad with bead-blasted stainless steel plates, its soft reflection contrasts with the all-glass surroundings. A large open plaza receives visitors and connects the pedestrian boulevard to a sunken sculpture court.


Floor Plan

Floor Plan

The Sculpture Court. 

On the way to the main lobby, visitors descend upon an open space containing a collection of 20th century sculptures by Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Roberto Matta, and Auguste Rodin. The sunken court enables an intimate viewing experience, while the sculptures are positioned to invite onlookers from the office towers, plaza, and the lower garden café.


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© Guy Wenborne

The Art Galleries

The underground galleries wrap around the base of a 25-story glass office tower that was opened to allow natural light into the main lobby. The galleries have three distinct configurations, allowing for flexibility in exhibition layout, lighting, and event programming. The lighting is designed to provide even illumination for the gallery walls and accent lighting for sculptures. The floors are small format end-grain wood block allowing for easy replacement after anchoring artwork. 


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The Performing Arts Theater

The space is conceived as a highly reverberant volume for natural acoustic concerts. To achieve the desired acoustics within a limited space, the orchestra seating level was dropped one floor down. Moreover, ancillary spaces were acoustically coupled with main theatre volume.


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© Guy Wenborne

Section

Section

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The 900-seat proscenium theater is configured as a stretched horseshoe with galleries and shallow boxes along the perimeter. At the parterre level, shallow balconies built of solid cross laminated timber were shaped to deliver early reflections to the main audience seating area. For the theatrical mode setting, the room is equipped with deployable absorptive banners installed behind slotted screens not visible from the seating areas.


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