First you engage two of the most renowned architects in the world Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster, then you get the Ukrainian-American billionaire Len Blavatnik on board and after that you persuade HSBC bank to give you a $300-million-loan. What do you get in the end? One of the most anticipated architecture / arts projects in the world – Faena Forum. This astonishing and eagerly anticipated multidisciplinary arts centre will be opened in Miami Beach in 2015.
Spanning 50,000 square feet, the Faena Forum will be the cornerstone of a residential, commercial and cultural district that is being built by the Argentinian real estate developer Alan Faena who is known for renovating a similar district in Buenos Aires a decade ago.
The Forum will be the arts, science and technology hub where concerts, lectures, art commissions and exhibitions will take place. The centre’s executive director Ximena Caminos has assembled a pretty impressive team to help her out with this visionary endeavour which includes Caroline Bourgeois, the collection curator for the French high-end goods mogul François Pinault, Carlos Basualdo, the senior curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Alex Poots, the current director of the Manchester International Festival and the future director of the Culture Shed in New York.
The Forum, which is envisaged as a multi-level structure, will house a bar and a reception area at its ground level which will be surrounded by a circular-shaped performance area. Right above this will be an auditorium which will be built under a 12-metre-high roof. In the words of Alan Faena, the brainchild behind this amazing project, the Forum will be “a new kind of cultural enterprise, one that encourages thinkers and practitioners across a range of disciplines to collaborate and creatively collide.” And we cannot wait to see what is this mammoth project going to look like. Judging by the experts involved, this will be of the most memorable arts projects to emerge in 2015. watch video below
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