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Wild New Israeli Theater Looks Like a Cubist Boom Box

In renderings, the 54,000-square-foot Music and Dance Centre is composed of a messy stack of boxes that jut out every which way.

Wild New Israeli Theater Looks Like a Cubist Boom Box

More big architecture news in Israel: Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, the French studio behind the stunning Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, has won a competition to design a splashy new theater in the seaside town of Ashkelon.

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In renderings, the 54,000-square-foot Music and Dance Centre is composed of a messy stack of boxes that jut out every which way and come wrapped in a grate of perforated metal. The place–which will include two theaters, a music conservatory, a ballet academy, a library, exhibition spaces, a cafeteria, and studios–seems to channel Will Alsop’s holy-$*#%-what-is-this? Sharp Centre for Design in Toronto. Or maybe a Cubist ghetto blaster. Or maybe both. Yeah, definitely both.

Wild stuff, eh?

Which we’ve been seeing lots of in Israel lately, from a student’s printed circuit board toys to a faceted concrete museum in Tel Aviv where no two parts are the same to a house in Jerusalem whose windows frame a craggy mountainside as if it were a priceless work of art. More and more, Israel is proving itself to be a designers’ playground… Move over China?

[Images courtesy of Manuelle Cautrand; hat tip to Frame]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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