Designing 8_2009

House for the History and Theory of pictures

The concept draft of the new building for the “House for the History and Theory of pictures" considers the urban situation of the building. As can be seen in the ground plan, the ground section figure fits well into the existing building structure. The view presents the draft as a work of folding made of square steel profiles. This load-bearing structure provides an indoor space experience. There are steel grids between the main and traverse beams. They are illuminated from behind and provide indirect light to the room.

The main entrance is in the south, where the folds open out to the visitor. The building seems to be trying to pull the visitor inside. Having arrived in the entrance hall, the visitor walks directly to the information desk and box office, and to the lockable safe boxes behind them. On the right to the information desk, there is the lift and the emergency staircase, as well as the lavatories in a separate “box”. If the visitor looks up, the auditorium seems to float above him, unfolding from the folds. The administrative rooms are on the 1st floor.

Visitors can descend one level and walk through the research rooms to experience the theory of image. Each research workplace is furnished with a toplight. Anyone can look the researches over their shoulders while they work. Through this underground sluice, visitors reach a staircase that takes them back to the ground floor and the actual exhibition. The top level of the exhibition area accommodates the directors’ office, secretaries’ office and kitchenette as well as a meeting room unfolding from the work of folding just like the auditorium.

The outer façade is made of anodized copper strips. The folds show above each main beam on a height of 30 cm visualising movement on the inside and outside.