A PROPOSED ART GALLERY FOR A WATERFRONT ICON
CHYBIK + KRISTOF unveil its newly designed Private Art Gallery, defined by its shimmering facade of moveable copper tiles. The work is planned for the center of a new public square with direct access to the waters of a meandering river nearby. With this prominent waterfront position, as well as its location along a major pedestrian access between two important areas of the city, the gallery will have a significant impact on the urban fabric. This significant presence within the city and respect for the area’s heritage are the spirit of the proposal.
GLIMMERING AND FLOATING VOLUMES
Designing the copper-clad art gallery, the architects at CHYBIK + KRISTOF explore the heritage of the area, which was known for mining, smelting, and minting. The proposed form takes shape as a cluster of vertical cylinders wrapped with circular copper facade elements. Elevated volumes open up pedestrian space along the plaza below, creating a connection between the building’s interiors and the public square. With accessible rooftops, visitors are invited to admire sweeping views across the city and landscapes beyond.
INSIDE THE GALLERY BY CHYBIK + KRISTOF
Simplicity and subtleness of the circular exhibition spaces magnify the aesthetic capacity of the artworks. The skylights provide diffused, soft light to the exhibition rooms, which are supported by the side openings in the lower rooms. The fluid form of the plan allows a flexible function distribution. Art spaces seamlessly merge with the offices, while looped room connections naturally shape the clear transitions between the spaces. Shimmering, movable copper elements supply dynamics to the facade. The choice of the material adds lively character to it — as material ages change its properties.
Project title: Private Art Gallery
Architecture: CHYBIK + KRISTOF | @chybikkristof
Size: 660 square-meters (7,100 square feet)
Project team: Ondřej Chybík, Michal Krištof, Peter Chaban Ján Kohút Visualization: monolot
Illustrations: Hanna Hajda
Interior render paintings: Rastislav Podoba
Visualizations: monolot | @monolot.studio