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Fact sheet

PROJECT :
Endomic cultural center

SITE :
Monument
London //UK

STATUS :
Study

CLIENT :
N/A

SIZE : 2000m²

 

CREDIT :
Benjamin Beller

 

COLLABORATORS :
David Racz, Andreas Lang,AA

 

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Cluster project is a hypothetical transformation of an existing bank office building in central London. Our strategy consisted in plunging a clandestine public space in the private realm of the city. By embedding a public library within an existing sealed office space, we wanted to provoke an accidental coexistence of two distinct conditions.

Instead of starting to design the solid volumes of the parasitic "building within a building", we started by constructing voids cutting through the facades, slabs and spaces. The voids dimensions and positions were decided by the new programs, the views, light penetration and new circulations redefining both the offices layout and the way the library would function. The network of voids piercing the building created 3 dimensional intersections spacesin its very core.

With the rule "voids encounter create solids", the interstitial fragments accumulating to each other formed an exuberant cluster right in the middle of the cartesian building structure. The volumes within the cluster housed the different departments of the library while their own interstitial spaces were negotiated to sheltered cross disciplinary areas and programatic connections.

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