Project Entry 2017 for Asia Pacific

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    The combination of lightweight concrete structure, green roof, moss ceiling and artificial grass carpet, present a “new nature” in itself. The green surface of the park is continued into all horizontal surfaces of the library. As a result, visitors may experience going through a sequence of open and semi-open green spaces. The all-side open pavilion where one can enter from any direction allow cross-ventilation and natural lighting. The main area can be used for reading and community gathering.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    Fibonacci Microlibrary as an “urban ruin” in the middle of the lush park. The parametrically designed, spirally-arrayed structure blends in while at the same time, stands out. The form invites park users to come. At a glance the users do not perceive the sculpture as a library, yet soon upon entering they could pick a favorite spot and start reading. By means of architecture design we would like to make reading attractive (again). The three spiral rooms host a kiosk, a musholla and two toilets.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    Microlibrary is a campaign to raise literacy by means of unique architecture and empowerment.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    The first two microlibraries have been built in Bandung, while four are in planning. Each is unique.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    For this micro library, the location is at Taman Kolam, a lush urban park in Bandung.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    Radial structure with integrated functions allows continuous, flowing indoor-outdoor spaces.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    The plan uses spirally arrayed columns, where each spiral hosts a kiosk, a musholla and two toilets.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    An isometric diagram of the structure in parts.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    Left: Concept model shots (without and with roof). Right: 3D image specifying material.

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    Learning Center, Bandung, Indonesia

    Left: 1:1 foamcrete mock-up panels and detail. Right: moss ceiling impression and detail.

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Last updated: March 21, 2017 Bandung, Indonesia

Microlibrary as a program to empower users: the power of small, attractive, and many

In 2012, we initiated the Microlibrary program, with a mission: to make learning attractive and reachable for Indonesia and beyond. Though the economic forecast for Indonesia is optimistic, the current infrastructure does not support to improve its Human Development Index. Eager-learning students are hindered by the lack of facilities; libraries are far from being popular. The role of beautiful design can make libraries attractive again. Instead of positioning libraries in the city centers, why don’t we bring libraries closer to their homes? In 2016, two microlibraries have been built in Bandung. Four more are in planning, one is the Fibonacci Microlibrary. Each microlibrary is uniquely-designed to fit programmatic demands of each community’s and site’s potential.

From file to craft: bridging parametric-based design with local construction technique

The question is how to design and build within a simple manual labor-focused construction environment. Instead of from “file to factory”, a “file to craft” solution was sought. The parametric grasshopper model uses standardized construction elements (the rib structure) in a flexible way to generate design variations in terms of the amount of ribs, number, orientation and layout of spiral rooms, building height, rib dimensions. For the material, shotcrete structural insulated panels are used. Here concrete is sprayed onto a form core clad in a metal mesh. In this case it gives the opportunity to build a lightweight construction which reduces the load on the foundation and thus material usage. Cast in-situ method also solves logistic issue of transporting prefab ribs to the site.

New nature: modern urban ruin in the lush green park (landscape = furniture = structure)

Being situated within a park, having an all-side open pavilion where one can enter from any direction is contextual and relevant. We would like to perceive the pavilion as a fully integrated structure and being reclaimed by nature like an almost forgotten ruin. We question the modernist idea of functional separation of constructive elements and thus the columns made of ribs were designed with a bigger radius so as to house multiple programs. At the same time the ribs will function as integrated bookshelves for the library. In that sense the spiral array of the ribs is a hybrid of structure, functional requirements and fixed furniture. Green roof, moss ceiling and green carpet (artificial grass) enable the continuation of the park into the library, an experience of seamless green spaces.