INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION "CONCRETE POETRY HALL"   2ND PRIZE WINNER

 

AUTHORS:

A. ORLOV, A. ZAKLYUCHAEV, S. KOROBKOV,  A. YAKUSHEV,  A. TSYPLACOV,  E. KOROBSKOY,  O. NIKONOVA,  A. SEDACHEVA, P. KURITSIN, V. KUCHUK

 

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in place of the prosaic ostensible meaning. Therefore, poetry has unique capabilities to express deepest emotions in allegoric manner.

 

Since the competition site takes place in Rome – a known cradle of civilization and architecture, the treatment of the context should be as gentle as it has ever been. In order to avoid contradictions between a historical environment and the new construction it was obvious enough to set in underground leaving Piazza Galeno scarcely affected. Nevertheless, the building design, obscured by ground never meant to be obscure.

 

Embedded in Roman soil for 17 meters the Poetry Hall has been designed as a concrete sphere bearing a complex spiral structure in its heart. The choice of spherical shape was never a random whim of taste as the building is to experience constant pressure of the enclosing ground. Major thermal mass of the soil helps to avoid overheating during summer providing pleasant microclimate within.

 

The spiral ramp in the middle accommodates required versatile functionality (such as multifunctional hall to host temporary events, café, conference room), and service areas (e.g. management offices, public bathrooms, public circulation areas etc.). The repetitive narration of the route down to the hall gives the 360 ° observation of rhetors’ performances and metaphorically represents rhyming structure of poetry itself.

 

Inserted underground like a hidden gem, playing with light patterns of annual sun movement, the edifice gives undercover philosophical subtext to the area.

 

2ND PRIZE WINNER