The Flower of Montparnasse

The Flower of Montparnasse


Leonid Emdin

The Flower of Montparnasse

ArchiLEM as Architects

Let all the flowers bloom and develop all the arts. In this project, in addition of creating a new object, one of the main problems we have seen in maintaining the aura of space and saving nature area in the big city. Therefore, our building is not a stand-alone object, but the object inscribed in nature, rather a landscape object. We would like to use not only the interior of the building, but all its surface. The city won’t lose the usual places for residents to relax and walks of the area. The building is a hill with greenery, gradually growing out of the ground, which makes it possible not only to walk in the park surrounding the building, but also on the surface of the building. From the hill climb triangular sections that resemble the petals of a blossoming flower. From the sides of "petals" are vertically arranged glass windows, which provide a large amount of light into the building. The surface of the large petals designed as a step-Forum, where the seating are arranged, at medium and small petals are flower beds. In the center of the hill is a pond. The bottom of the pond is transparent, which makes it possible to get sunlight in the central part of the building, where the central hall is located. Around the pond under the platform, which in normal times is an outdoor café, located design stage, which can be erected above the pond. Erected stage and seats for spectators in the large petals make it possible to hold concerts, festivals and other public events. It is also possible to arrange the tent over the stage and seats for spectators. All the rooms in the building are grouped around a central hall. To connect an outdoor cafe and café’s kitchen staircase with an elevator designed inside the building, which are enclosed in a cylindrical glass volume, artists performing on the stage move on these communications. We believe that the new building will be interesting not only for those who study in it, but for all the inhabitants of Montparnasse.

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Andrum, translated as “breathing space”
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Andrum, translated as “breathing space”

Community Centres
Höör, Sweden - Build completed in 2018
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