March 10th 2022 – By Promostyl
STUDIO SEILERN ARCHITECTS & THE 30-METRE-HIGH COLLONADES
SURROUNDOING THE FUTUR OF CULTURAL VENUE
London-based Studio Seilern Architects has enclosed the Gouna Festival Plaza in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna, Egypt, with a trio of colonnades.The plaza is the first stage of the Gouna Conference and Culture Centre, which was designed to be a landmark cultural destination for the resort town.
Christina Seilern, principal designer at Seilern Architects says: "The idea was to give Gouna a cultural venue that would unify the town in a strong urban gesture, and give it a new point of focus with a captivating cultural venue". The plaza was developed for Egyptian-Montenegrin businessman Samih Sawiris, who owns the resort town and previously commissioned Studio Seilern Architects to design the Andermatt Concert Hall in Switzerland, as the first stage of the cultural complex. A 600-seat concert hall and a conference centre, also designed by Studio Seilern Architects, will be built within the plaza over the next couple of years.
It was designed to be a multifunctional space that will host the annual El Gouna Film Festival, sporting events and concerts as well as functioning as a public plaza between events. The 20-metre-high colonnades are the tallest structures in El Gouna. The concert hall will be built within the central plaza and the conference centre in the southern area, with the northern section left as a flexible space.