ARTPUNKT Art Education Centre

M. i A. Domicz pracownia architektury as Architects

It has been said that the art is ephemeral, ever changing and hides the mysteries within comprehension of the very few. ARTPUNKT Art Education Centre is an attempt to architecturally illustrate those characteristics, a result of a search for space adequate for versatile art functions.

The building in Kosnego Street in Opole (Poland) was built in the 1960’s. Few years before the renovation, it stopped being used and started to deteriorate gradually.

The main design challenge was not the worsening state, but immensely diverse functions requested.

ARTPUNKT comprises both the spaces requiring generous natural light (art studio, offices, guest rooms) and those where light is undesirable (photographic studio and artwork archives).

While designing the elevation, first the regular fenestration pattern emerged and then some of the window openings have been filled to suit room functions. Elevation has been subsequently wrapped with a ‘veil’ of translucent light-filtering polycarbonate panels. Lightweight skin ripples in the wind, but thanks to randomly positioned connectors it does not buckle. Depending on the viewing angle, they either seem to be an even opaque surface or become nearly transparent revealing the rhythm of openings. It truly emerges at night when the lights in window niches illuminate the facade.

Ground floor elevation has plain charcoal finish and the canopy on the rooftop is vivid green. Green is also a colour of all the bathrooms. Interior renovation involved removing partition walls, unifying the door and window dimensions and thorough modification of the staircase. Its narrow dimensions dictated an unusual balustrade design - solid panels with slits instead of the handrail.

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