TULLAMORE COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE
We designed a diagram of the functions and their envisioned sizes.
We grouped them on the base of their affinity.
We superimposed the diagram to the map of the site.
The relationship of each group with the surroundings suggested its position in the space: workshops and art spaces facing north on the Canal, auditorium to the south, parallel to the row of houses, and the café open toward the park. From this simple diagram the project took shape.
Instead of tying all the functions together, compacting them in a single building, we designed a group of pavilions and placed them around a central square.
Instead of rooms inside a big building, we have small buildings whose scale resonate with the neighbouring urban tissue, and instead of a single building we have a piece of town.
We covered this piece of town with a transparent, lightweight roof.
Instead of having a single main entrance, as most public buildings do, you’ll enter the Community Arts Centre as you’ll enter any square: from all the roads leading to it.
Come in, take your time, and enjoy!
The organic, wavy form of the roof follows the different heights of the pavilions it covers and shield the central square from the rain. It is composed by an array of vaulted “shells” whose width matches that of the streets and buildings in the surroundings.
Under the transparent roof you’ll find benches to rest, trees to provide shade, artworks to anticipate what you’ll find inside the pavilions.
One side of the covered square is opened toward the park. Here the roof covers an open-air stage.
In a summer night, you could find people gathering to enjoy a Shakespere piece, a rock concert or some kind of experimental theatre.
Today there’s something new. The art gallery and the workshops host a big show. Their south façades are totally open, as if they were huge warehouse doors. Artworks spring out from the workshops and fill the central plaza. A group of musicians leave the auditorium where they were rehearsing for tonight’s concert, and improvise a jam session. Music fill the space.