Rem Koolhaas-designed Manchester’s Factory arts building gets go-ahead

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Rem Koolhaas-designed Manchester's Factory arts building gets go-ahead

Rem Koolhaas-designed Manchester's Factory arts building gets go-ahead

Rem Koolhaas-designed £110m centre seen by city council as ‘genuine cultural counterbalance to London’

Manchester’s proposed £110m arts centre, the Factory, has moved a step closer to being built after city councillors gave planning permission for the Rem Koolhaas-designed building.

The Factory will be erected on the site of the former Granada Studios and is seen by the city council as a game changer, one which the authority’s leader, Sir Richard Leese, has said would “make Manchester and the wider region a genuine cultural counterbalance to London”.

It is a central part of the northern powerhouse project, championed by the former chancellor George Osborne, who pledged £78m of government money in 2014, a sum which was confirmed this week following a Treasury review of the full business case.

The enormous and striking glass cube construction will be the first major public building in the UK by Dutch architect Koolhaas and his Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) practice.

Ellen van Loon, the OMA partner in charge of the project, said: “From classical opera and ballet to large-scale performances and experimental productions, Factory in Manchester provides the perfect opportunity to create the ultimate versatile space in which art, theatre and music come together: a platform for a new cultural scene.” […]

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  1. 78 million for Manchester Arts Centre ? People Lost their senses . Those people who decided are crazy so huge. What for?

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