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Newer Orleans Ziggurat Concept by UNStudio

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Dutch architects UNStudio have designed a Mediatheque ziggurat concept of a  in the heart of New Orleans,USA.

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This project aims to understand the building as a tool in re-establishing a balanced ecology between culture and commerce. It is a type of ‘playground’; a safe haven where participants can congregate without fear of reprisal and a setting that people transiently share. In this design, the ancient ziggurat motif is transformed into a design model that combines various public and private programs in a stepped series of radically different environments: sun-seeking versus shadow-rich, open versus enclosed, serrated profile versus smooth elevation. The mediatheque, which stores and preserves information of all types, forms part of a network of new community centers dedicated to learning and culture. The mediatheque is also a hub: a place for meeting and exchange, with differently themed landscaped plateaus that garland the building.

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Project Info: [separator type=”thin”] Client: NAI, the Netherlands Building area: Building 20,000 m2 Outside area 6,000 m2 Programme: Research study Status/phase: Design UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Tobias Wallisser with Miklos Deri, Holger Hoffmann, Katrien Otten, Eric den Eerzamen, Khoi Tran, Katrin Haertel.

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