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Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery by studioMAS Architects

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Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - On the night of the grand opening

Johannesburg is home to Circa on Jellicoe, a multi-media art gallery designed by South African based practice, studioMAS. Located on a busy urban intersection, it marks a prominent public intervention that challenges perceptions of “art” and “art galleries”.

Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - Circas east facade

The architecture is a sculpture, moulding itself around its contents. Its elliptical form has developed from the constraints of a narrow site and the prospect of creating a landmark. Its main feature is an aluminium fin facade that allows views into and out of the building.

Circa comprises of three levels; the public ground floor, consists of 106m2 of craft exhibition space. Beyond this, users traverse a perimeter ramp that connects ground and first floor exhibition spaces. This 177.76m2 double volume multi-purpose exhibition space has 7 movable display screens that can drop through the floor into the ground level below, when unused. The top floor consists of a 105m2 private lounge and deck overlooking Johannesburg’s urban forest. Circa is built as a part of the city, its art and its people; it is a fluid point in time, that will morph and evolve as South Africa, and its art, does.

Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - close up shot of one of the aluminium facade fins Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - detail of some of the fins Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - night shot of Circa with its changing lights Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - night shot of Circa with its coloured perimeter lights Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - The fire escape scrim - unplanted Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - The main access ramp Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - The square in front of Circa Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - western facade Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery -stairs from the first to second floor Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery- The main, first floor exhibition space Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - Circa Concept sketch Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - Section A-A Circa on Jellicoe Multi-media Art Gallery - Sections B-B and C-C
Designer: studioMAS architects + urban designers, Location: Johannesburg, South Africa, Information: Source
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