Community and Earth / Lockhart Krause Architect / Australia, Sydney
‘COMMUNTIY AND EARTH’
YAROSLAVL CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM OF HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS
This scheme aims to provide a vibrant place for the community, and explores the idea of earth & history by cutting into the ground.
A community is a beautifully diverse and vibrant entity. Here on the Spartak site the project aims to provide a variety of activities and another rich place in the city where people can dance, celebrate and fall in love. The ground plane is comprised of two sides. The first, a open surface which is driven by a respect for the sites context, framing and supporting the beautiful church at the SW end. The large plaza is divided to create spaces for markets, celebrations, dancing, soccer, picnicking, sitting, entertainment & film. The second half of the ground plane provides programmed activities, such as ice skating, basketball, community farm/gardens, playgrounds, restaurant, bar & cafe which generate activity and support the main open plaza.
The earth contains a density of history . This history is key to a communities identity. Conceptually digging and upturning the ground reveals the past and allows the exploration of its historical artifacts. This change provides the opportunity to understand the past and move into the future. Here on the Spartak site linear lines are cut into the ground, providing light to the art gallery & museum below. The walls reflect the earth, red and warm in appearance. The museum wing sits on the NW, below the large public plaza containing both large and small spaces which house Yaroslavl’s historical artifacts. The contemporary art gallery sits beneath the ice‐rink, introducing light through the water above and provides a balance to this museums history, where artwork from the future can be displayed.
LANDCAPE & MATERIALITY
A new line of Deciduous (Acer platanoides) trees is proposed through the center of the site, strengthening the sense of a large avenue which frames the church. Underplanting of low native grasses (Sesleria autumnalis) and (Anemone nemorosa) flowers creates a softening at the ground plane and a balance in height.
The floor and seats of the plaza are proposed as hardwood timber, sourced locally, providing a softness and warmth to the large space.
MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
The museum and art gallery are divided into three main parts, the lines from the groundplane above cutting into the earth, introducing natural light to the two floors below ground. The spaces are organised around a central spine of circulation.
Arrival from escalators down into the first level reveals a large double height foyer which spans the length of the gallery wings. The foyer contains a linear body of water & sculptural staircase, light entering from above. This level houses the small object spaces & public learning facilities. Читать далее