The submission makes excellent use of a clear grid of drawings, separated by thin white borders that give the sheet breathing room despite its overall density. The project successfully contrasts light and dark, and achieves a natural color balance with the use of browns and greens. It also mixes larger and smaller imagery without one overpowering another. Visually the reader’s eye tends towards the image on the center-right, of the rock balanced in space, as a starting point for reading the project. One visual oddity is the placement of the lightest drawings at the base with darker drawings above, lending towards a top-heavy layout. While the layout is undoubtedly related to the spatial sequencing of the project, a slightly more visually balanced organization in terms of color balance would benefit the presentation. Given this is a single-sheet presentation, space is critical, yet the two exhibition space images at the center bottom are repetitive with the more successful, larger perspectives just to the right. It is best to avoid repetitive imagery, especially when the drawings do not yield additional project details. To fully understand the project, it would be useful, for example, to instead include a perspective within the ‘maze’ that is seen in the plan but not rendered as part of the imagery.
Use architecture to create different emotional states
Jury feedback summary
The proposal slices through a mountain to offer a tunnel-like sequence of spaces, one that is geometrically complex yet rendered simple through the project’s clear sections. The white mass of the museum emerges from a mountainside as if a foreign object, in stark contrast to the surrounding rocky brown environment. The dialectical dialogue with nature is continued in the two exhibition areas, with one set in a dark space of extreme tension where visitors stand beneath a heavy boulder seemingly lodged in the mountainside, about to break loose; the other is set in a daylight-filled space opening up to a green paradise complete with lush trees, grass and water. This is a project that successfully plays with spatial compression, light and darkness to elicit emotional response.