The environmentally-centered design of the new building is influenced heavily not only by the importance of its future contents, but also the natural setting around the structure. Made up of six layered stories that are “twisted” around a central core, the design aims to open up into the environment. In order to minimize the impact of the building’s presence, the height of the new building was purposely kept at the same heights as the trees. The result is a unique architectural hybrid that is part art museum and part tree house. Large glass windows on each floor will allow for a sociable transparency so that passersby on the exterior can see into the galleries and those that are inside can appreciate the building’s natural setting side by side with the exhibition space.
By focusing on creating a sophisticated building that incorporates the local scenery, the designers hope to provide a progressive cultural space with a sociable and active atmosphere. “Contrary to a typical enclosed circulation, navigating the Archivo building will be a pleasant and exciting experience due to the immediate relationship with the surrounding green and the active life along its broad path that allows for public activities and meeting areas,” according to Ingrid Moye, one of the architects behind the project.
Via Fastco Design
Photography by FR-EE, Zeller & Moye