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A new space for the arts in São Paulo
São Paulo has definitely been ushered into the international circuit of leading architectural projects. The Complex Cultural Luz was designed to be one of the most important centers of performing arts in Brazil – the home of different cultural equipment that include the headquarters of both the São Paulo Companhia de Dança and the Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo – Tom Jobim. The cultural center came to address the lack of specific venues for musical shows, opera performances, pop music concerts and other artistic manifestations in the city of São Paulo.
The São Paulo State Department of Culture commissioned the British theater design firm TPC – Theatre Projects Consultants with the conception of the cultural center and the definition of each
part of the complex. The consultants surveyed and analyzed given aspects of the city of São Paulo before designing a theater with locally unique characteristics. Among other specifications, the theater facilities will include workshops for set and props construction and costumes creation; installation of equipment for video and sound recording in its main areas, and a stage fitted to accommodate large and sophisticated productions.
The design of a project with approximately 95,000 m² (113,690 sq. yd.) of floor space to be implemented in a 19,000-m² (22,724 sq. yd.) lot was commissioned to the architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron. The cultural center complex will house three theaters: one with 1,750 seats designed for dance and opera performances; a second one, with
600 seats, destined for theater plays and music recitals; and a convertible auditorium with reversible stage, with 450 seats, meant for use in alternative stagings. The complex will also include dance school facilities, rehearsal rooms for resident companies, library, studios, auditorium and administrative offices. Other equipment will include café, shop, lounge, and parking lot with capacity for 1,000 vehicles.
The construction work is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2011, as soon as the buildings erected in the block, which were expropriated by the city government in 2007, are demolished. Said buildings include the old interstate bus terminal that in more recent times was remodeled to house the Shopping Center Luz.