Harvard GSD Fall Optional Studio
Function of Time through Atriums
The Cultural Center at London Olympic Park
The building is a cultural center located near the Olympic Park of London to cater to four institutions: the V&A gallery, contemporary museum of art, London school of art and the dance theater.
The primary intellectual challenge is that the required programs add up to approximately 70,000m2 of area, while the allowed GFA of the building is about 50,000m2. The solution in this project is to design with time, meaning the flexibility of allowing different programs occupying the same space in different times of the day, in order to reduce required floor area.
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Corresponding that, the programs in this building are juxtaposed over the convoluted ramps to allow the sharing to happen through the interplay between visual and physical connections. For example the dining space of gallery at night is the canteen space for students at daytime; the auditorium of school is merged with the dancing theater so rehearsals or public school lectures can take place while there is no performance.
At the same time, the experience in these programs will never stay the same. An eating-place where students and public can join together is a place for social dinning; a restaurant in a gallery is an decorated with great thematic ambience; a school library where one can oversea a museum is not just a library but a museum of knowledge.
The convolution is not just a formal approach, but rather the device to bring different programs together and to organize them according to specialty.