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Luis Urculo

Everyday objects to unveil a new cultural center by Bernard Tschumi.

The design for the ANIMA Cultural Center in Grottammare (Ascoli Piceno, Italy), Bernard Tschumi’s first project in Italy, is explored in a playful and intriguing way in this short video by Luis Urculo. The Spanish artist narrates through original visual metaphors the marked cultural identity and the spatial solutions of the project, as well as the architect’s research on the theme of façades.

The video - launched in 2014 along with a project-specific website - presents the design’s history and aspirations by means of exploring the theoretical ideas that characterize the genesis of the planning process. The architect’s work on façades and materials by means of combining different stylistic dictionaries, the delicate volumetric interaction of spaces within the Cultural Center (such as the system of courtyards designed around a main central space) and the cultural-economic choices of the overall design process are introduced through a plain visual narration, that is intertwined with some written statements from Tschumi’s design conception. In Urculo’s video everyday objects, books and paper scale models become the ideal means to stimulate the imagination of a wider audience and involve them in the narration of the ANIMA (Arts, Nature, Ideas, Music, Action) project.

The ANIMA Cultural Center, commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and received by the Municipality of Grottammare, is due to open in early 2018.


Architect: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Mentioned project: ANIMA Cultural Center (2012-)
Project location: Grottammare, Italy

Spain 2014
Duration: 3'27''