oiio: pearl centre for the promotion of science
oiio: pearl   centre for the promotion of science oiio: pearl   centre for the promotion of science
apr 23, 2011

oiio: pearl centre for the promotion of science

‘pearl’ by oiio in belgrade, serbia all images courtesy oiio

greek architecture practice oiio (ioannis oikonomou) has sent us images of ‘pearl’, their entry proposal of the center for the promotion of science in belgrade, serbia. seeking to create a visual connection that negotiates the qualities of the old and the new city, the project features a series of lines that define and articulate the functions of the centre.

overall view

using the existing school of arts as a starting point, the project adopts a u-shaped layout, resulting in an open courtyard space. the sequence of lines that run along the north-east plot of the site manipulates the topography by lifting the strip of land to various heights. arranged to a slanted angle to receive maximum sunlight, the linear addition directs circulation, creates spaces for outdoor leisure activities and gives the block a thematic cohesion.

night view

at the most exocentric area of the site adjacent to the spinal circulation which connects the block’s two major boulevards together, the lines are cut to accommodate a large planetarium. resembling a pearl inside an oyster, the partially-hidden building is further skewed by the series of lines which come between the building and the viewer. the structure regulates the access to all function areas, while the atrium that surrounds it provides entry to the administration building as well as the amphitheatre to the south and exposition area.

schematic diagram

site plan

master plan

floor plan / level -1

floor plan / level 0

roof plan

section through site

section through planetarium




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