French architects nicolas dorval – bory, raphael betillon and guillaume freyermuth have created ‘water from the sun’, a proposal for the architectural design competition for the maribor museum, slovenia.
The project chose to clear a large floor space, an open landscape more than a built density, linking the drava to koroska street.
The museum will no longer be an obstacle to this route, but rather an urban catalyzer: risen off the natural ground that then becomes a cultural plaza, most of the program crystallizes in an abstract volume and a floating landmark.
The tower of sodne stolp is one of the key landmarks of the city. in plan, the museum
and park site extends this strong element by creating a structuring constellation of
circles with various scales, both in the architecture of the museum and in
the landscaping of the park.
The main volume is a sort of rubik’s cube, 54×54x27m structurally independent box,
three-dimensionally triangulated, whose edges are divided into 3 modules (27 boxes:
18×18x9m). thought of like an accumulation of 27 brian o’doherty’s white cubes,
it provides the necessary space for museum activities, uncluttered and bright, opened
and accessible. glazed on all four sides (as protected by a climatic double skin),
the volume is over-insulated on the underside by a visible multilayer aluminum foil,
and protected on the roof by shading/photovoltaic panels.
circulations – 5 large vertical tubes – are positioned independently but in order to serve
the most logically possible the different areas of the museum. these transparent tubes
(corrugated glass, offering greater resistance) allow the connection between the basement
and exhibition spaces, between the plaza and the library, between offices and storage,
between delivery ramps and the catering area. the two east tubes are reserved for museum
staff and bulky items, while the two west ones are used by visitors. the large central tube
serves as the main circulation, a landmark, a meeting place shaped like a journey.
in its nucleus, each of the 5 tubes features a structural core, wrapping the elevators,
that supports the main volume.
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