Armenian Project in the World Architecture Festival Finale

Armenian Project in the World Architecture Festival Finale

The architectural design concept of the Cultural Center of Railway Employees in Gyumri, the same Sevyan Palace of Culture, was presented at the World Architecture Festival 2022 and passed the final stage in the "Education" and "Urban Planning" subcategories. The concept was developed by Canadian-based Armenian architect Azat Shishmanyan (NEUF architectural studio) in cooperation with Storaket architectural studio from Armenia.

The World Architecture Festival has been held for already 15 years. Architectural masterpieces from different parts of the world are presented here, and about 500 projects are presented at each festival. The concept of reconstruction of the Cultural Center of Railway Employees or Sevyan Palace of Culture, is in that shortlist. The building is located next to the Gyumri railway station. That area used to be a busy place, but after the 1988 earthquake, it became ruined and abandoned. And the project was developed by a Canadian-Armenian architect with a "Phoenix rising from the ashes" cultural and community development approach.

The center, along with its innovative and multi-functional infrastructure, will have some old parts, like the only standing section, a facade built in the neoclassical style. Modern geometric volumes will be placed inside the stone facade. The largest, oval volume, will be the performance hall for 500 people. There will also be a small multifunctional hall with 175 seats. The concert hall will also serve as a professional audio recording studio, an exhibition hall, a multi-purpose intermission hall, visual effects and 3D/Motion Capture studio, 3 dance and music rehearsal rooms, VIP outdoor lounge, 9 dressing rooms, cafe-souvenir shop , fragrance laboratory, offices, production of scenery and stage costumes, printing office, information center-ticket office, food and wine tasting booth, commercial kiosks and rental points. The center will be surrounded by a public park.

The founder and artistic director of the project is the People's Artist of RA, Rudolph Kharatyan; the founding director of the project is Lilit Petrosyan. Because of this project, the abandoned part of the city will revive. A. Shishmanyan said, “ The goal is to create different opportunities for people to gather in this part of the city.… We want to have a carefully designed area that will inspire other residents of the city. ” And it is impossible not to be inspired when you realize that the project of the building is a participant of the World Architecture Festival. The Festival will take place in Lisbon from November 30-December 2, 2022.