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Anadyr Cultural Center, Chukotko, Russia 
Wednesday 05 Sep 2007
 
An architectural landmark 
 
 
 
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Erginoglu & Calislar Architects complete the Anadyr Cultural Center in Russia 

Being one of the farthest points at the world map, Bering Sea way separates two world giants for a grand part of the world. Shortly before, this region of ice and snow was recalled Anonymous Chukotka District with its new political formation. During the design of a cultural center at this geography, we have taken a formal trip among ice cubes, snow units and icebergs. On these lands which are completely covered up with a single color and texture, we have tried to allow the roof from the earth and to end it in the earth. The purpose is to create an architectural landmark to be seen worldwide at the end of the world. In the first concept, the building had 4 parts: museum, discothèque, concert hall, and education center. The facade, which is mainly the office spaces that are looking towards the northern sea, is design as an opaque surface in order to withstand the strong northerly winds. On the other hand the entrance facade faces the central area. During design process our first aim was to create an irregular form consisting of five different arms, like branches of a tree, made out of sharp bends, but the risk of snow drifting and collecting between the buildings and the shrinking of the budget demanded another approach to the design. On the other hand, in order to reduce to the building cost, the total area was reduced from 10.000 m² to 6.000 m². Our second proposal included more smooth surfaces and forms that don’t allow collecting snow. Finally we reached the present form, with the main volume being the concert hall.

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