The facade of the Uram Street Culture Center consists of 2 parts, performing on different scales. The upper volume is a minimalistic rectangular block, faced with brushed stainless steel, performs on an urban scale. Visible from the opposite side of the Kazanka River, the abstract volume reflects the sun or grey sky and changes depending on the weather conditions. It works as an urban landmark.
The geometry of the facade material - corrugated metal sheet - refers to typical industrial buildings and fences of surrounding area, whereas the material finish - stainless steel polished to a mirror shine - lends the attractiveness of a public building.
The upper minimalistic volume rests on several flamboyant concrete hills that develop the formal expression of an outdoor extreme park. This part of the facade, performs at the pedestrian level and allows to create a human-scale space around the one-hundred-meter facade of the sports center. The hills blur the lines between architecture and park infrastructure, transforming the façade of the entire building into a radical functional landscape. Facade will become climb-able, slide-able, jump-able and roll-able. The hills will organize a lecture hall, a playground and continue sports functions. Despite the fact that the hills of the facade are still to appear, the indoor part of Uram has already been completed.
Here, architecture merges with sports facilities, combining diverse spaces and functions with the powerful atmosphere and drive of modern street culture.
In this project, Kosmos continues a long-term research of the principles of utilitarian architecture, published in the book ConTemporary ArchiTecture.
Legato develops its experience of working with the world's best riders and park builders, as well as creating a unique team of park builders - not just builders, but professionals in creating extreme culture.
The concept of the building's interior is based on exposure of simple street and industrial materials, inexpensive and practical: concrete, sheet metal, reinforced glass, plywood, drywall, masonry materials. The natural color of all these materials varies in shades of gray. To give an identity to the space and to create a comfortable navigation in the sports center, an additional bright, signal color - Volt (bright green-yellow) has been introduced into the design of the interior space. This color is most noticeable to the human eye and therefore is so actively used in street and road navigation to ensure safety.
The bright color denotes the most important areas in the building and guides visitors on the way to go. Reception, information board, entrances on the escape route are always highlighted in bright color and immediately noticeable in the interior
In addition, the contrasting color allows you to form an alternative geometry of the space.
Each area of the sports center has its own unique look, created by one basic technique or material.
In the airpark, the main material is plywood, which creates the total space of the “plywood ocean”.
In the lecture hall, the space is formed with the help of a "cloud of points" - suspended lamps that form an alternative geometry of the space.
Bowl's main material is concrete; and the interior of the main inner street is defined by a spatial grid of lamps and wall frame profiles.
The radical and functional design follows the logic of infrastructure facilities, street and road navigation: its simplicity, radicality and functionality.