Architecture and design firm Ooze Architects was commissioned to build a temporary visitors center for EMSCHERKUNST.2013 in Germany. The project also included an art camp for local art associations. Oversea containers were re-used by the firm and were splashed with vibrant colors to exude a very welcoming atmosphere.
Description by Ooze Architects:
The temporary Visitors Center for EMSCHERKUNST.2013 and the Art Camp for local art associations are made from re-used oversea containers which house the different programs. By keeping the layout strictly on ground level and referring to a path through a village, not only the space inside matters, but also the various in-between spaces, sheltered by a roof or open-air.
In this way a variety of social spaces are created while keeping the site fully permeable.
Along this path spanning from the visitors center to the art camp and connecting the Rhein-Herne canal to the Lindnerstrasse, different activities are plugged-in. The
journey through this village and the sequence of activities go from rent a bike, information, cafes, shop, cinema towards artist village with art production and education and finally reaching the artist in residence.
The path itself is defined by the different qualities of the ground: pallets, pebbles, gardens and flower fields. The roof shadows the containers, create spaces sheltered from the elements underneath and offers a spatial chromatic experience while walking through.