martumili arts centre competition
[Martumili Arts Centre Competition]
In the proposed Martumili Arts Centre, the architecture, like the artist, seeks to reference and evoke the spirit of nature. The patterns of the roofs, building blocks, paths and shades emulate the dance of leaves in nature. The vivid texture and patterns of the timber shading elements mimic that of bushlands and earthy formations, contrasted with corrugated iron and glass, as a collage similar to the paintings of the artist, when viewed from the street.
Like traditional settlements, various facilities surround a core of activity; in this case the celebrated work space of the artist, adorned with a flowing canvas shelter. The core opens up to a distant view to the east and a grassed work area on the west that allows passersby and visitors to view the artists at work. The vernacular elements of shelter, stilts, platforms and screens are ‘demfamiliarized’ and re-interpreted in modern materials with similar tectonics, arriving at a critical regionalism (Tzonis and Lefaivre 2001).
As an ecologically sensitive strategy, all trees on site are preserved and a stretched canvas roof shelter and timber louvers provide a shady sanctuary for the artists. Rainwater from all roofs is collected for re-use and stored under the covered workspace’s timber deck. The natural temperature of water provides additional cooling in this predominantly hot climate.