Spartacus Alive / Site8 Architects : Ning Lin / USA, Los Angeles
- create a series of inter-connected public spaces that is user friendly on 24 hour basis;
- connect the above ground activities and underground activities through a series of meaningful and fluid motions;
- create new dynamic public plazas in the middle of existing public spaces such as gardens, river front walks, gorgeous religious sanctuaries;
- rise up to the challenge of creating a new powerful presence while conforming to a severe height limitation;
- interpret Yaroslavl’s beautiful cultural heritage.
We believe that the answer to these questions lies in » Go Back to Zero, the Beginning». We propose to use 3 dimensional forms from man-made and natural history as a organic linkage from the past to the present and the future.
The poetry of the site offered enlightenment. We created 3 sculpture courts:
- The oval shaped above ground Cultural Heritage Sculptural Court: This is permanent exhibit for the cultural heritage of Yaroslavl, its religious past, its recent Soviet era, and its role in 21 century Russia, Yaroslavl’s sculptures are on display (Please note that the classical sculptures renderings are for schematic illustrations only). It is about Man’s Will Power;
- The Grand Stair of Natural History Museum: Archeological excavations are shown in this permanent display. It is a place for nature. It is about evolution, the Mystery of Nature;
- The Below Stair Folk Lore and History Museum: This is a place of finale where the force of nature and man’s will power are combined, creating the wonderful presence of Yaroslavl. It is about Human Triumph.
At the bottom level, we also created a contemporary art Museum as well as spaces of special exhibits. These display spaces surround the Folk Lore and History Museum in such a way that one is constantly aware of the presence of the Folk Lore while meandering in the surrounding exhibits. The Folk Lore and History Museum serves as a powerful center, adding to the visual interests and spatial presence of museum going.
The 3 unique spaces are organically inter-related, visually and physically connected as a continuum in space and time. They are juxtapositioned, collaged. One serves as enforcement and continuation of the other. The transparent / translucent contemporary architectural expression also add onto a unique urban context.
Above Ground Architecture:
Built of very simple glass bars on the plaza, they serve as major above ground circulation spines and exiting enclosure. The 3 exiting stair glass enclosures also serve as point of reference defining the perimeter of the new complex. The two diagonal glass skywalks over the grand stair connect pedestrian circulation from the east to the west, adding more dynamic expressions to the new complex.
The major entrance to the whole complex is located on the northeast corner of the site. Facing the existing Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, this entrance creates an interesting synergy and dialogue with its unique historical context. The jogging path is retained on the perimeter of the site.
The north east boundary is made of 3 oval shaped small plazas defined by ground level lighting bollard. The south oval is a plaza cafe with seating area, the middle one serves as the arrival point from the north side pedestrian, the north oval is a children’s playground. The southern portion of the plaza is mainly for recreation purposes where basket ball and volley ball courts as well as ping pong tables are located. During festivals and special civic occasions, the whole plaza is a place for fireworks and celebration.
The east boundary serves as museum service route with truck delivery and loading / shipping area at minors 6.00 meter level.