LEON11 architects have come up with a futuristic proposal for aDisaster Prevention and Education Centre in Instanbul, Turkey.
Unlike other projects I have had the pleasure of reviewing that touch on creating awareness of nature and the need to protect it, this project does it in a different way. It seeks via its futuristic designs to provoke visitors through the majesty of nature so as to create awareness for its protection. Visitors will not view nature controlled in screens but will learn through living with it.
Firstly, the architects strike by uprooting architecture from its usual base on earth and hang it in the skies. A sure way to communicate majesty. This enables them to create a duality between undisturbed nature on site and nature elevated in the skies. Visitors will have the pleasure of different views from the skies and from below.
The transparency of the construction allows for total immersion within the landscape and nature thereby communicating the sensation of freedom.
The main hall of the centre will be a forest in the skies unlike usual halls which are empty and seek to portray openness.
This proposal is a challenge as it presents architecture in a different way as being in dialogue with nature.
By Hassan Mohammed Yakubu