Upgrade studio architects from Bucharest, Romania have taken a very innovative approach towards doing their spatial analysis investigation while designing a new cultural center. They believe the urban fabric contains its own genetic code due to which it is what it is and hence – each city/urban habitat has developed in its own way due to its own unique DNA code.

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This is why Upgrade studio are concerned that with the constant expansion of cities due to fitting new projects into the already coded urban fabric, this might be a potential harm to the authenticity of the code and its cultural identity.

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So, having this in mind, the studio creates an urban bio-hybrid as a result of their research-based scanning of the urban fabric via computational design. Measuring the natural environment and its elements – wind, sunlight, temperature, and circulation – the data derived helps the studio design two hybrids. They house Art galleries, Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center and the University library [this project is the continuation of the studio’s DIGITAL University project in close distance to NYMPHA].

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The project’s concept is based on one natural evolution example: Caterpillar-Chrysalis-Butterfly. The shape and skin of the building are an analogy of the biological metamorphosis of the urban habitat, as inspired by the circulatory system of the leafs and the butterfly’s chrysalis. Hence, the building is meant to operate as a living organism. For example, the veins, which serve as the structural element in the cladding, collect rainwater and send it underground. Therefore, no is need for air conditioning since the heat pump principle of cooling and warming is used.

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There is a network of exterior tubes which help for the heat exchange and contribute to the overall sustainable approach.

 By Yoana Chepisheva

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