Curved space: Cultural centre lands in Slovenia2013:01:18
Vitanje, Slovenia – Slovenian architects OFIS Arhitekti have co-designed and built the Cultural Center of European Space Technologies, an arts and activities centre in the home town of an early theoretician of space travel.
The design is based on sketches of a geo-stationary satellite created by Herman Potocnik in 1929. Potocnik was one of the first people to theorise about a permanent human presence in space. His ideas included producing artificial gravity with a rotating wheel, which is the basis for the KSEVT design.
The architects designed a concrete structure composed of two cylinders that suggest rotation and the idea of artificial gravity. The curved concrete walls and cylindrical glass display areas suggest a spacecraft from science fiction, while the apex of the structure is devoted to researchers on the history of space technology.
Space exploration and its aesthetics are increasingly in the public consciousness. We will explore the intersection of science, culture and commerce at our forthcoming Trend Briefing, Strange Days.