Business & Exhibition Center in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Mixed Use Architecture
Firm Location, Russian Federation
CompanyTOTEMENT/PAPER
Lead DesignerLevon Ayrapetov
Design TeamLevon Ayrapetov, Valeriya Preobrazhenskaya, Yegor Legkov, Adelina Rivkina, Darya Samohvalova, Yevgeny Kostsov

This center gave us an opportunity to look for a new type of buildings when its inner structure is composed of simple elements with different scale depending on inside or outside function. Outside form serves as a cutting plane and gives a new life to the inside one, often unexpected and random. But this unexpectedness is strictly “programmed” by the inner predetermination of links among all the elements, which obey to design specifications. Construction of the form of the building conforms simultaneously with two seemingly opposite architectural principles – Tectonics and Stereotomy. We chose cone as a basic form, symbolizing a dynamic rotation, both centripetal and centrifugal, as a symbol of vacuum, penetrating to a mass, drilling-out, boring, extracting, withdrawing. It is as if one space discovers a communication channel with another through the plane which divides and connects them at the same time. By combining layers we can cultivate vertical or horizontal structure endlessly. The building that we got as a result became an occasion for us to keep on with our research of various forms and their interactions.