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Inverse Monolith

 

The contemporary art scene in Atlanta has resulted in increasing involvement and an expanding collection at the current Atlanta Contemporary Art Museum. This project proposes a larger exhibition and event venue for the museum, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The site, which envelopes the North Avenue MARTA station, addresses three of the city's major roadways, is surrounded by new construction projects, landmark buildings, and skyline figures and serves as one of three principal transit access points to Midtown and to the Georgia Tech University campus.

Inverted readings at different times of day. Solid during the day and an illuminated lantern at night. The individual exhibitions operate as linked volumes of light, clustered around a 

Location

Atlanta, GA, USA

Size

67,500 ft²

Date

2019

Faculty

Justin Miller

Typology

Contemporary Art Museum

Auburn University  ·  Studio IX

Institution

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Pairing acoustic and visual reflection. The pool serves as a privacy barrier between performers and walkers. Pairing acoustic and visual reflection. The pool serves as a privacy barrier between performers and walkers. Pairing acoustic and visual reflection. The pool serves as a privacy barrier between performers and walkers.

Form and Function

 

The Museum tower houses the galleries and primary museum sequence. Classrooms, offices and the auditorium are contained in the horizontal bar which runs parallel to the long street edge. The rising seats of the auditorium lift the bar, manifesting externally as an angled mass directed downwards towards the MARTA platform. The service is contained in the tertiary volume between the gallery monolith and the neighboring residential block.

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Show

Learn

Serve

Travel

Program

 

The Program consists of three categories: show, learn, and serve. The MARTA station is located below the primary programs, and is accessed by descending below the auditorium exterior. The orientation and division of egress/access allow the programmatic volumes to be active both simultaneously and independently of each other. This programmatic division is discernible in the placement of volume and void across the site.