Term Fall (Year 4)
Professor Shota Tsikoliya
School Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP)
Studio CIEE - Global Architectural & Design Studio
Site Fairtrade Palace, Prague, Czech Republic
Conjunctive Amorphoid is located within the atrium and outdoor courtyard of the Fairtrade Palace in Prague, Czech Republic - an art museum that houses historical works. The building is fairly outwardly-focused, as visitors can expect to spend almost all of their time along the “outer ring” of the building, traversing exhibits. Meanwhile, the existing courtyard/atrium is a bleak space, rarely open to the public. This is remedied by occasional installations by various local artists. Our design brief called for one such installation.
The outwardly-focused existing condition is the main design driver for my project. Conjunctive Amorphoid is intended as a central, connective “tissue” - an exciting, interstitial progression of social spaces that literally ties together the building’s woefully disjointed rooms. Blobular masses encase social functions (informal art exhibits, lounges, cafes, and a nightclub). These deform to accommodate a series of tubular pathways protruding from them and into the existing building, which project diagonally and across the atrium to connect distinct spaces, and latch on to the existing structural system. This results in a radically different circulation pattern for the entire building.