COAF Smart Center

The COAF Smart Center is a pioneering model for delivering superior and regionally-relevant educational, social, economical and community programs in rural areas with an emphasis on technology, sustainability, arts, music, modern healthcare and lifestyle, linguistics and languages, business and civic engagement.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

Operating as a state of the art, scalable learning and knowledge exchange hub, SMART will implement COAF programs based on models which have charted success in 22 villages in the Armavir and Aragatsotn regions of Armenia over the past decade.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

The SMART concept will allow scalability throughout rural regions. Smart campuses will respect the integrity of rural aesthetics in sync with modern architectural design, maintaining the authenticity of the region, while encouraging progressive ideology. Each campus will utilize sustainable and green design, off the grid components and renewable energy.

Plan - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

Plan – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

The currently under-construction Smart Center building is located in the north Armenian province of Lori. The structure’s organic form embraces the landscape by creating a sinuous ribbon like walkway creating a 7000 m2 courtyard. The one storey building is spread horizontally while following the topography of the site.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

The Smart Center accommodates a world class from global influencers throughout interconnected virtual classrooms, meeting areas, computer labs for student and youth clubs, an auditorium for performances and presentations, a library and studios for languages, arts and music and a restaurant. Also it has the capacity to accommodate program participants and visiting collaborators in guest quarters and will feature outdoor activities, indoor workshops and vibrant greenhouses to train and enable developing children and adult villagers alike in regionally relevant skills.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

The architecture establishes a new approach regarding landscape and nature, it tries to engage with the scale of the landscape by creating a form that embraces the surrounding and creating ambiguity as it creates an environment more than a building.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

The design focuses on architecture and its relation with nature enabling a different view of architecture and the void. The landscape becomes the heart of the project while program is arranged around it enabling a new reading of the built environment as a new nature.

COAF Smart Center - Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

COAF Smart Center – Courtesy of Paul Kaloustian Studio

Project Info
Architects : Paul Kaloustian Studio
location : Lori Province, Armenia
Year : 2017
Type : Mixed use, Cultural center, Educational

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