Design intentions IS IT THE PILL THE SOLUTION FOR EVERYTHING?
Surrounded by high buildings with mixed functions, I create order by generating a void that brings the public space and put it near the site, on the site, on the building. The external volumes are being minimized.
I create an urban landscape.
The greatest achievement is to build a large-scale public building considering human scale.
Technical data The forum is made by two volumes: an underground one,which follows the natural angle of the plot, with functions that dont need light( black box, workshops, parking) and a linear volume above with foyers, library, exhibitions space, classrooms and cafeteria on top. Those are linked by an interior circulation an an exterior one,having a permanent connection interior-exterior.
The forum is integrated into the Mediterranean area by the underground volume, the terraces, the material(limestone), the idea of garden and-the most important- the permanent relation with light trough mediation from light to shadow (loggia, small openings in the walls).
Project team stud.arch. Ana-Mihaela Despa
The answer for a possible host of the Universal Forum of Cultures in Beirut, Lebanon.