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noa* network of architecture has design a flexible prototype for Culture and Community Center. That can be adapted to anywhere and any condition. Called CeCuCo, the project. Emerging as a research project, comprises a group of repeated triangular modules. That creates a kind of façade metamorphosis. The architects’ aim was to create a cultural center rather than focusing on a fixed context. the CeCuCo prototype is capable of transforming itself to adapt to anyone and anywhere. noa*’s vision is based on a multifunctional space. while doing that. It needs to translate this knowledge into a sustainable model. Which is versatile for all situations.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

The geometry of the project

“Among the infinite design possibilities, it was clear from the very beginning which direction to take. to design an architecture that is not indifferent to what happens inside it. A flexible space in which the community can decide, act. And makes her moves,” said noa*. The geometry of the project is based on a simple, elementary form. the triangle, a group of triangular modules repeat in both plan and elevation. In the first case, the triangular module is inscrib in a 3×3 meter square, in the second in 3×1.5 meter. According to the architects, working with geometries is easy. Allows assembling the modules in various forms. Or expand the cultural center. Or contract according to the needs of the context.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

The triangles can combine in many types of shapes

“In addition, on an urban planning level, the triangles can combine in many types of shapes. Resulting in different space typologies like the slab, the courtyard, or the punctiform village,” the studio added. For façade configurations, the team also use the same triangular module to open up to a variety of configurations. Creating a kind of façade metamorphosis. noa* imagines the elevations as a chessboard. some elements can be moved. with certain rules and in certain directions. Which it is then up to the people who experience the architecture to control. Doors can Move, fan out, turn on their hinges, lower, raise, ajar… and the same goes for windows. A wide range of possibilities for an intuitive and playful architecture is made up of moves and countermoves. Where the game of action and reaction between community and building gives life to the most diverse scenarios.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

The needs of a cultural and community center

When defining the functional program, noa* first investigated the needs of a cultural and community center as well as the ways to create an architecture as inclusive as possible. “How do you design a space that works in the same way for children who meet to play, adults to watch an exhibition, teenagers to listen to a concert?” the studio asks. “What are the characteristics of a meeting space that is open all year round, that is not for consumption and that represents the public counterbalance to the private domestic dimension?.”

“The natural answer to these questions was the decision to define different spaces capable of satisfying multiple needs. Rather than specifying a fixed list of functions,” the studio added.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

Create six types of floor plans

The architects create six types of floor plans, ranging from 8 to 115 square meters. All the possible activities of the center are accommodat. The architects place functions according to the sizes of the modules. For instance, the small module houses the artist’s atelier, the newspaper stall, the storeroom, the management office, the staircase, and the changing rooms. In the extra small module, a ticket office is propose. In the medium module, there are toilets, a library room, and open-air bleachers, since not all modules stand for covered spaces. “As the floor plans change to the larger size, the possibilities vary, culminating in the large space. with 115 m2 available, designed for theatre and cinema,” the firm adds.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

Think local, be sustainable

With this project, noa* aims to propose an architecture “that is social in its final purpose. And sustainable in all the aspects of the design, including the choice of materials and construction techniques.” For this prototype, all-natural materials and an exposed construction system are chosen to be able to easy to assemble and dismantle. “In the “standard package”, the façade is made up of an exposed wooden structural system and a wall of clay bricks, alternating with transparent parts, which have also been modulated on the geometry of the triangle,” the studio continues.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

Design with a sustainable approach

“The sustainable approach must be central in the design. Therefore, the final choice of materials must be verified with the project environment. To check their actual availability on-site, their thermal conductivity in relation to the climatic conditions. Certainly the energy consumption in their processing and the presence of the necessary know-how skills.”

As the studio emphasizes, similarly, a careful design of the installations can contribute to a positive environmental impact on the ecological footprint of the building.

“The sustainable approach must be central in the design. Therefore, the final choice of materials must be verified with the project environment. To check their actual availability on-site, their thermal conductivity in relation to the climatic conditions. Certainly the energy consumption in their processing and the presence of the necessary know-how skills.”

As the studio emphasizes, similarly, a careful design of the installations can contribute to a positive environmental impact on the ecological footprint of the building.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

It is an architecture able to mold itself to the morphological and climatic requirements of the context

The cultural center includes the use of green roofs and pergolas, photovoltaic systems, rainwater collecting systems, cross-ventilation systems as well as ponds. Meanwhile wooded areas for a temperate microclimate. With this project, noa* envisages a flexible architecture. That capable of reacting to changes in context. And at the same time of working on different scales, from the macro-project to the street furniture. The architects state that “this cultural center could be located on a beach on a volcanic island, in the Scandinavian forests, on an abandoned lot in Detroit or on the roofs of socialist housing in Berlin.”

It is an architecture able to mold itself to the morphological. And climatic requirements of the context while maintaining intact the concept of sociality. And the interaction between the building and those who live in it.

Noa* Design A Flexible Prototype Be Adapted To Anywhere

Source: world architecture

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