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Curtains of Nairobi
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Nairobis gardiner (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This proposal for GoDown Arts Centre invites you to enjoy an open and transformable architecture in a large shaded oasis. It is dressed in layers of thin curtains of glass, or mixed materials, suspended in wires between the floor slabs. Some spaces are fully visible, others are veiled, or protected behind opaque walls. The building has many different faces speaking freely in its manifestation of Nairobi's cultural diversity.

As one enters the building on ground level one can see a pool: its water reflecting the light of the atrium, improving air humidity, or indoor temperature. It can be rainwater collected by the large roof. Moreover, the pool can be deep enough for high-diving from platforms on the first floor. In fact, some sports have more in common with the arts than with other sports, and Nairobi's many cultures, or tribes, share traits, or interests, in spite of borders caused by geography, history, social differences etc..

Curtains of Nairobi is, therefore, a centre for art beyond borders. It provides the current activities with new spaces (approx. 2000 m2), plus adds 3000 m2 of new studios, offices, workshops, a restaurant, a pool, a 900 seat auditorium, and a roof garden.

Abstract [sv]

Detta förslag till GoDown Arts Centre inbjuder dig till en öppen och föränderlig arkitektur i en stor skuggig oas. Byggnaden är klädd i lager av tunna gardiner av glas, eller blandade material, upphängda i vajrar mellan bjälklagen. Vissa rum är fullt synliga, andra är beslöjade, eller skyddade bakom ogenomskinliga väggar. Byggnaden har många olika ansikten som talar fritt och manifesterar Nairobis kulturella mångfald. 

När man kommer in i byggnaden på marknivå kan man se en pool: dess vatten reflekterar atriets ljus, förbättrar luftfuktigheten, eller inomhustemperaturen. Det kan vara regnvatten som samlas in av det stora taket. Dessutom kan poolen vara tillräckligt djup för simhopp från första våningen. För vissa sporter har mer gemensamt med konst än med andra sporter, och Nairobis många kulturer, eller folkstammar, delar många drag, eller intressen, trots gränser orsakade av geografi, historia, sociala skillnader etc..

Nairobis Gardiner är en byggnad för konst bortom gränser. Den erbjuder den nuvarande verksamheten nya rum (ca 2000 m2) plus ytterligare 3000 m2 med nya studios, kontor, verkstäder, en restaurang, en pool, ett auditorium med drygt 900 sitplatser, och en takterrass.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 4 p.
Keyword [en]
GoDown, Arts Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
National Category
Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-129177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-129177DiVA: diva2:650421
Subject / course
Architecture
Educational program
Bachelor of Science - Architecture
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Available from: 2013-10-07 Created: 2013-09-21 Last updated: 2013-10-07Bibliographically approved

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