- contemporary architecture
Architectural office "ABV Group" won the contest for the development of the concept of a multifunction public center on Sakhalin Island. The two design solutions of the complex were executed by six young architects of this studio.
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The key role in shaping the form of the future complex was played by the island itself, the unique place where people for centuries have lived at one with the nature. Because the project was actually a competitive bid, "ABV Group" from the very start decided to come up with two solutions, as different as possible. One of them, the one that was ultimately picked by the commissioner, was based on the image of terrain that is characteristic for
The main volume is placed on the hilltop; it has a flat functional roof that is designed as a spacious sightseeing platform that commands a fine ocean view. This platform is accessible via a stairway that, from a bird's height view, looks a lot like a lizard's paw. The other parts of the sharp-angled volume are covered with pitched roofs and cascade down the slope of the hill making the building look like a mountain ridge. This impression is enhanced by the window bands that dissect the concrete surface of the wall at different angles; the volume, however does not completely fade into the landscape thanks to its facades decorated with bright patterns that echoes the motifs of the national costume of the Aines - the people that once populated this part of Sakhalin.
And, while in this project solution the architects created a single structure, in the second options each of the functional zones gets a volume of its own, these volumes united by the glass space of the hall. In this particular case, the authors also drew inspiration from the surrounding nature, not inland the time, but at sea. The complex, assembled of volumes of various sizes and shapes, looks like a group of islands, scattered over the boundless waters, or some sort of pebbles that cover these shores in abundance. As was already mentioned, the buildings are connected with a transparent structure: the glass structure if the domes is supported by the wooden ribs of each volume's external skeleton - the skeletons are movably fastened to the base, which makes the whole structure earthquake-proof.