Design Inspiration – Eduardo Chillida The inspiration for this design is the sculptural works of Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) who was an outstanding Spanish sculptor widely known for the works he created in public space. A highly unique artist, he initially studied architecture, ultimately abandoning it for sculpture. He used various materials in his works including steel, iron, oak wood, marble, alabaster, black rock, and terracotta. However, Chillida is best known for his monumental sculptures in iron, for which he was nicknamed the “Man of Iron`. Chillida always sought an interaction of his sculptures with the surrounding landscape so that his pieces felt comfortable in their setting and gave a sense of warmth despite the hardness of the materials. His works constituted a formal synthesis of sculpture and architecture which often found its source in music, resulting in unique combinations of space, rhythm, time, music and architecture. Chillida contended that sculptural material and music are like sound and silence. Design Concept – Interlocking and Stacking Planes The main concept is to create a series of metal planes that tilt, interlock and stack up on top of one another in a sculptural manner to create a dynamic and harmonious form that perfectly integrates with the surrounding environment. The stacking and tilting is not only a sculptural expression, they allow the building form to rise up at the two main entrances so as to receive and welcome members of the public in a grand gesture, and also create a bridge across the road that bisects the site. Each plane is slightly separated from the next by an introduction of glazing to the façade. This gives the planes an appearance of lightness as they appear to be floating above one another and also emphasise the individuality of each one in the overall sculptural form. There is a public circulation route across the roof of the building which weaves and steps up and down along the layers of planes. This roof top path is extensively landscaped to create a pleasing environment to and from the cultural centre which is hidden from the streets below by an extrusion and twisting of the planes at significant corners and edges. The twisted edges add a sense of drama to the building and further accentuate the sculptural sense of the building. The façade treatment for the planes is a metal circular mesh pattern that changes in diameter depending on the function of the space behind. For example, the opening diameter will become larger at areas of signage. The glazed openings will be opaque so that in the daytime the appearance will be milky white that will contrast with the metal mesh and at night will emit a warm glow that will light up the elevations.


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