Architectural Ideas

The root of good architecture is a strong idea statement.  After establishing the idea, the rest can follow, much like a thesis statement builds a strong essay.  Recently, I was reading ArchDaily and ran across a rendering that really struck me.  It’s for a new cultural center designed by Bernard Tschumi.  What caught my eye was the similarity to a proposal I worked on almost a decade ago.  So I delved deeper and ran across this statement:

Moreover, an articulate system of ramps permits movement, creating perspectives at varying heights each of which illustrates new ways in which the space may be understood. Adjacent to the main hall, connected by a multiplicity of pathways, are a series of laboratories, offices, the café and ancillary spaces which make up the rest of the building.

Now, at this point it really made more sense, as this was the gist of the thesis statement for my project!   The form (and the rendering) are rooted in the same idea as my Infinite Museum.  Interestingly, they look completely different on the exterior.

It’s great to be in such great company.  Have a look at the following images by Bernard Tschumi Architects:


Sketch. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects


Main Cortile. Image © Bernard Tschumi Architects

Versus our Infinite Museum:

“Starting with the notion of the continuos spiraling form, using three exhibit spaces flanked by circulation corridors a study of a system emerged. Rotating the central exhibit space alleviates the circulation ramps by extending the run. Then each of these plates are either rotated, mirrored or stretched to fit atop the previous generating plate.”



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