Port of cultures

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
This site is part of city’s history, and the existing building has been part of some important events. Based on people’s votes, they prefer to keep the building as it is; on the other hand, the city needs a new building with new programs, especially cultural ones.So how could we inject new programs into the existing building?
That’s why we decided to preserve the envelope of the existing building, put a glass box inside filled with programs. As a result, we’ve got a building with old, familiar facade. At some points, the glass box would break the wall, so that the transparency provides visual connection between the inside and out. We strengthened the envelope with a metal structure, which is also the structure for the new building. The project will enhance the visitor experience at a cultural space, creating spaces for education, dining, and social activities, while better integrating the building to the city.

Mariupol, Ukraine

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Applicant and authors of the project
Swap office.
«We are a group of architects led by Farnaz Manzour & Mehdi Taheri. Our studio is located in Tehran. In Swap, we discover, we experiment, we learn, we try to solve problems, and we try to get better. We work on architectural projects, competitions, and product design. We have won a couple of competitions since we started such as 'Port of cultures» in Mariupol, Ukraine. We also won 2A awards 2020 for the best future project."