An Art gallery on the Cnr of Jan Smuts Ave and Jellicoe Ave. One of many galleries in the Rosebank precinct; architectural the most intriguing spatial layout. Upon arrival a hidden, lowered ground floor presents itself, dressed with transparency, the exhibition reveals herself.
Cantilevering the space is her circulative program, here one feels the gravity of her thresholds. Still alongside the ground floor: the vibrant courtyard singing songs of water flowing peacefully and the foliage greets its guests with enthusiasm. Moving into her space, there is anticipation and an overwhelming truce within ones self discovery.
Sectioned within three levels are her exhibition spaces, each of which accessible through different means of circulation. Ground floor steps down once, first floor is achieved through a ramp and the final floor is a curved staircase. Here the circulation is nested within the egg form structure and in its changes speaks to the stages of cycles: sudden, gradual and resilient.
An oval structure with concentric spatial plan, where circulation wraps the inner program. This is a fundamental design decision as the enclosure of CIRCA is coated steel strips, that allow for an interaction with the viewer and the surrounds. Here you can hear, see, smell and even feel the surroundings without being seen.
She is an ovary, protective and naturing. The space she makes is a tranquil resort ever so silent once enclosed within her fabric, happily indulging what she has to offer in her exhibition. The volumes she houses are comfortably underwhelm, the ceiling is of head tilting heights yet the space seems to embrace the viewer in a nest manner. One is free to leave once satisfied with her hospitality.
Now once reaching the top floor, she opens to a bonfire setting which overlooks the city she’s apart of. She makes subtle comments of her nightlife, she has fun in the most freeing way. Unfortunately only appreciated during the day by most of her guest, she leaves them with one more exquisite expression of hers. They do not leave the way they arrived, she opens her caged forestry. Steel stairs exposing their construction enclosed by her garden of vines, this juxtaposition leaves one in frozen time only to be awaken by the city noise once exiting her love cage.
CIRCA is multilayered in well transitioning experience, not only is it a gallery space but she is the exhibitor and exhibition. From her entry, journey, exhibition and exit, she leaves you content with the artistry of architecture. This project evoked the artist in me, most of the time the industry is of commercial value but it is forgotten that each line was purposefully placed. Art in Architecture and the art of architecture are interlinking subjects, space creation is the final composition of art. The question now is, what artist do I want to be?
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