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Reimagining Guggenheim 

Project Year:2019

Typology: Institutional

Location: New York

Competition Entry

City as a design narrative. When it comes to urban fabric nothing should be blunt, it should be transparent or at least translucent in some sense. The narrative of the architecture then becomes permeable. The Viewer doesn’t want to be hit by a building on the face; they want architecture to allow their movement whether it's ocular or physical. If it’s a public structure, it should act like one. It should be welcoming enough for the general public, allowing them to experience it freely and make them participate. It is as important as form and as complicated as function. To demonstrate permeability, the built fabric rises up and allows the general public to infiltrate, take shortcuts, and most importantly play around, like an extension to New York’s central park which sits right opposite. it helps people to own the architecture. The west corner is raised to form an amphitheater which along with the ceiling is covered in a reflective finish, giving an idea of infinite space. The risen entrance to the museum which itself is covered with translucent skin acts like a blurred barrier (literally). The transparent bridges connecting the “discontinuous” structure like an island, let the viewer visually connect to the city through the central open-to-sky void. Functional agglomeration is clear from the outside for the public; it’s a building that celebrates “art”. The two-layered facade helps to build to insulate as well as gives a canvas to architecture, it can be anything. In the end to have the ultimate New York experience visitor moves up the ladder to witness the city as a visual narrative from a two-layered terrace that acts as a restaurant also. Vertically stacked exhibition spaces are connected with interpolating masses. The public concourse is sandwiched between the administration floor and the library and auditorium in the basement. The public concourse is an outdoor social exhibition space. Concourse brings art to public consumption and unites viewers and art in an active informal manner. The café/Restaurant is on the roof level and looks out over the central park. The restaurant area is placed in a manner that it can function by itself. Building Fabric is a living translucent canvas for digital and public art. The façade of buildings resonates with the spirit of the city and reflects the vibe of surrounding urbanity.

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