The EYEBEAM Institute repositions the architecture of the museum as an ongoing investigation into the production and consumption of art. The proposal combines programmatic elements (education, R&D, communication and exhibitions) and in doing so reflects on the relationship between thinking, doing and showing. To take capitalize on the advent of the digitalization of work the dogma of a central service core surrounded by a work zone is inverted. This allows for maximum workspaces with minimum interruptions. The double perforated skin serves as both a circulation and control zone. It allows for light and noise attenuation and is host to large projection screen – an experiential sieve.
The maximum building volume is achieved by strictly following the permitted zoning envelope. The volume is populated with programmatic elements allowing for limitless expansion and mutation. A catalogue of hollow, inhabitable ‘beams’ is proposed each accommodating different users and programs. Beams vary in height and size from narrow to panoramic; they differ in orientation; they intersect and highlight different views. The beams allow for a range of different encounters whilst reinforcing the structural integrity of the skin.
The EYEBEAM anticipates multiple possibilities and variations:a living laboratory that intersects work with display, research with feedback and intimacy with scale. It is a new media cathedral, an endless 'galaxy' of mutating media.
- Design team