Minifie van Schaik Architects
MvS Architects
Centre for Ideas


client:
Victorian College of the Arts
date:
2001
location:
VCA, Southbank, Victoria, Australia
map:
link to google maps



The Centre for Ideas exists as an addition to the Victorian College of the Arts. The form and spatial qualities of the project were derived from generative processes resulting in a project that stimulates debate regarding architectural design process, materialisation, and the perception of the abstract as reality.

The generative process used in the VCA Centre for Ideas is an expansion from an algorithm for establishing the voronoi tessellation of a plane.

A voronoi diagram locates domains closest to particular structures relative to those adjacent. Such diagrams provide a model for a model for considering spatial arrangements different from, for example, an implicitly gridded Cartesian underlay.

The primary impetus of the project is conveyed through a sense of movement from the virtual to the actual, which is made apparent through the architectural decisions (such as the choice of a textured, reflective stainless steel facade material) required to reify the building.

The Centre for Ideas deliberately stops short of a fully material or conventional tectonic actuality, preferring to maintain connections to the processural relationships of its becoming.

In 2004 the project was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects prize for Best New Institutional Building.

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Photographs by Peter Bennetts & Derek Swalwell.