On Cultural Identity
We proposed a “Cultural Carpet”, a piece of undulating landscape which embodies all the four major building programs, namely the ACC, the ACCC, the Children Museum, and finally the Artplex. This morphed landscape also provides an opportunity for uninterrupted connections within the site, hence making a coherent and strong reading of the entire complex.
All the major historical preserved buildings are framed by space generated from the cultural carpet. For example, the new walkway that spans across the central police station offer the visitors a first time experience of reflecting upon the historical buildings from above, similar to an experience of going through an archeology dig.
The Asian Cultural Complex is perhaps one of the most ambitious cultural projects for the beginning of 21st Century. It is hard, if not irresponsible, for any architect to envision a project of such scale that could be done well and managed properly over a short period of time, even in Asia.