Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Askim museum by moh-architects designed using Rhino
July 23rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: moh-architects
The competition was about designing a museum for a private art collection. The functional program of roughly 2800sqm had to be embedded in the surrounding fabric in an intelligent way, credibly delivering a strong figure/anchor for the region while not overpowering the delicate natural backdrop.
The site given is located on sloped terrain, slightly elevated from the nearby city center. It is connected through a single road which terminates at a derelict quarry. We propose this derelict quarry as alternative building grounds rather than the original site, as the existing topographical changes and the resulting voids within the hillside lend themselves almost ideally for the museum’s functional spaces:
Therefore, the proposal’s programmatic distribution and spatial differentiation are directly derived from the conditions given: All primary spaces, i.e. the museum itself, are proposed to be located within existing chasm while the appending library and administration spaces are envisioned to be situated on top of the exhibition spaces. The enveloping surface of these programs is in large areas walkable and serves two main purposes: Firstly it consolidates the different figures into one cohesive composition and secondly it merges the surrounding natural landscape with the synthetic roof ‘landscape’ of the museum.