The new Suncheon Art Platform proposes a fresh dialogue between architecture and public space. While architecture remains iconic and differentiated from buildings in the city, the public space tries to embrace all cultural activities under one same concept. A topography resembling Suncheon Bay’s circular geometries facilitates a continuous public platform for culture. The inclination of the surfaces qualifies the character of the public space and the potential artistic activities to be performed. The topography also allows for a seamless continuation of culture from the interior of the Art Center (the building with its exhibition spaces) to the exterior “plaza”. It is the intention of the design proposal to blur the dichotomy between art performed inside a cultural institution and art performed publicly. Finally, the topography of the “cultural plaza” allows citizens to reach the roof of the building without apparent efforts.
The City is artificial by nature. Streets, buildings, underground tunnels, infrastructure above and below ground, vehicles, wifi networks, street lighting and many other urban elements make the city truly artificial.
Culture is also artificial. Culture is the manipulation and interpretation of the natural world. We believe a public space charged with culture must be artificial and clearly man-made. Therefore, the pavement of the open spaces is a combination of various artificial materials such as wood decks, concrete, rubber, artificial flower gardens or compacted soil.
But Nature is fundamental for citizens and, therefore, there is a need for green spaces in the city. Our proposal for the Suncheon Art Platform wishes to insert Nature in the city center, both on a memory and a physical level. Most of the proposed natural elements are concentrated in the building while the “cultural plaza” remains artificial.
The “cultural plaza” extends all over the site and it defines multiple situations through the use of topography. The upper levels of the “plaza” are also to contemplate the views towards the river and to get some fresh breeze. The lower areas are open to collective configuration and artistic expression.
Daniel Valle Architects website: www.danielvalle.com
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