Location: Karosta, Latvia / Year: 2013 / Program: Cultural center
During the last decades, architecture seems to have been increasingly focusing on what it can be, rather than in what it can actually do. An inattentiveness that the proposal tries to avoid by restoring the vocation of architecture to define common space by framing it.
The design proposal considers the new building as an inhabited podium, which supports and celebrates the most unpredictable urban programs. The word podium generally indicates a platform used to raise something (or somebody) above its surrounding. By doing so it distinguishes and emphasises its value. From an urban point of view, the podium introduces a new soil level, which creates a stoppage in the tissue of the existing city by stressing the identity of the new building.