Frame of Absence

Frame of Absence

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“Where are we really going? Always home.”

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Frame of Absence | A cultural center for the Returnees

 

 What could transform a vast desert into a home for those who return?

 

Four simple and clear gestures form and compose this proposal. A strict rigid square boundary is created at the foot of the hill. 

Α boundary that in the mist of the desert defines an introlocation.The place for those who will return. 

All the functional needs of a cultural center are sited within the boundary. They refer to the returnees and the surrounding communities. 

The boundary in this proposal exceeds the notion of the wall attempting to become the synthetic element from which all the essential are unfolded .

The cultural center attempts to integrate into the place through the incorporation into the ground.Despite its dynamic and absolute geometry,it is not imposed on the ground, it is born of it and incorporated in to it.

The slope of the natural ground remains and continues within the frame in the large central courtyard. The roofs of the perimeter volumes face the main courtyard which is the core of the composition. The optics become more intense on the horizon.

The introversion is maintained and the immense dessert converts within the frame in  a familiar and serene place.

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Architects: Alkiviadis PyliotisStudio Instructor: Zhang Ke   Location: Kashgar, China   Project Year: 2019   Project Type: Academic (Harvard GSD) 

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