03 MANCH­ESTER CEN­TRE OF AT­TEN­TION

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The Fac­tory, a Dhs518 mil­lion arts cen­tre, will be the first ma­jor pub­lic build­ing in the UK by Dutch ar­chi­tect Rem Kool­haas and his Of­fice for Metropoli­tan Ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice. Set to be con­structed on a for­mer TV stu­dio site, it will fea­ture two ad­join­ing blocks – a rec­ti­lin­ear vol­ume with scooped roof and slat­ted façade, and a multi-faceted form com­plete with ir­reg­u­larly shaped bal­conies. The new venue, which is due to be com­pleted in 2019, will be able to ac­com­mo­date au­di­ences of up to 7000 and will host dance, the­atre, opera, mu­sic, vis­ual arts and spo­ken word events.

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