The Art Village Arena by Making of Architecture (MOA) was designed in Utique, to the west of a large preserved archeological area, close to Tunis, Tunisia.
Placed in the heart of the future art village, the Arena will be a place where local and renowned artists could meet and exchange with visitors; it’s also a place where you could enjoy concerts and open-air events. The area’s materials, colours and landscape inspired the design of the building.
The project is discreetly set into the sensitive site, oriented towards the landscape. The bleachers are placed orthogonally to the level curves of the site hill. With an interesting “Mobius” shape, the façade for an indoor event hall is drawn.
This ‘Mobius’ shape reunites both the indoor and outdoor event spaces and provides the audiences with stunning view towards the lake. The building becomes a subtle yet distinctive structure that respects its surroundings. At the same time, it stands proud and visible in the landscape with a unique architectural identity, creating a new iconic land mark.
The building tectonics follow the rugged landscape, creating two floor plans, with a double volume room facing the lake.
As a real social hub, the Art Village Arena is brought as an activator inspired from the city life into an agriculture site. Inside, flexible rooms provide space for meetings, workshops, exhibitions and market stands in aims to be part of the everyday life in the village.
Terraced landscaping offers informal recreational space in the landscape, as well as intuitive wayfinding on the outside of the building towards the main entry and the café.
LOCATION: Utica, Tunisia
ARCHITECTS: Making of Architecture (MOA)
STATUS: Design proposal
PROJECT TEAM: Olfa Kammoun, Mohamed Bouzrara
COLLABORATORS: Simonin Bois Engineering