Unit 51 Regents Studios. 8 Andrews Road - LONDON
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Aqua Park
Tomsk, Russia
Space of extremes A spa located in the vast open tundra outside Tomsk, Sibiria normally calls for a black box, a highly artificial condition cut off from its context. Inspired by the landscape with its subtle undulations and radically changing appearance between winter and summer we opted instead for a building that is characterized by the dialogue between its tropical interior waterscapes and the surrounding landscape. This approach goes beyond the familiar transposition into a tropical paradise: it choreographs the experience of both worlds side by side, intensifying each other- more akin to the contemporary virtual reality of zapping through TV, choosing an ecclectic soundtrack on an Ipod or flying from Moscow to Crete in less than 3 hours. The project offers glimpses of the external reality as by opening the eyes slightly from time to time when having a daydream.