Project: School of Art, BA diploma
Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture
This project is a specialist school for visual and performing arts. Vocal, painting, dancing, art of photography and sculpture are studied in the School of Art. The School of Arts is located in Ukraine, in the picturesque area of Odessa on Dacha Kovalevskogo street. One of the largest parks of Odessa and the Black Sea shore is close to the site. This location is intended to positively affect the creative process that takes place in the School.
This BA project was completed within 2 months. There is no doubt that the existence of schools of arts is incredibly important for Ukraine now as one of the methods to improve intellectual and cultural level of the population by inclusion to the art.
The design strategy creates two visually connected strata, a space for public communication and a space for a private creative process. This strategy divides the school in two main areas. The courtyard space houses lounge, and an area for evening artistic performances.
ually. Numerous glass facades and a pond that surrounds the school and reflects the environment were used for this purpose. In winter, the pond can serve as a skating rink. Against white and glass exterior of the school the interiors are full of colors and light, that represents an active and productive creative process inside the school. Numerous window escarpments painted in various bright colors complement this.
The complex consists of seven functional zones. The idea to make these areas solitary and independent had impact on the architectural shape of the building. The building’s simple plan beguiles intricately arranged internal spaces.
The School of Art is a three-storey building with a large terrace on the roof level and a two-storey high courtyard on the ground floor.
The plan organization supports maximum community use. Various spaces for public communication, such as exhibition spaces, auditorium, library, cafeteria and roof terrace can be accessed directly from outside and have independent mechanical systems, bathroom facilities allowing independent use.
At roof level, cafeteria zone is arranged around a big roof terrace offering an outdoor meeting/teaching space.
Educational zone facilities are private, without public access and are also independent in use. Large windows on the north facade cross-ventilate the workshops and give the best possible lighting for the building.