Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte

Syifa Aisha Arashi | Thursday, 13 October 2022

Center Totems Installation is a collaborative work between Enter This and Orekari Estudio. The installation was designed and formed for a transverse program aimed at analyzing and rethinking new solutions, both theoretical and practical for Centro Huarte and its surroundings. Functionally, this wooden installation offers an open space that can be used for various events and activities that can encourage community interaction.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte
(Two volume Center Totems Installation)

They built the Center Totems Installation in Centro Huarte's courtyard with two separate volumes of iron structures wrapped in polycarbonate. These two volumes, which are shaped to resemble simple stalls, maximize the use of wooden boards as built-in furniture. Uniquely, the Enter This and Orekari Estudio adds a small touch to both volumes through a mini-greenhouse with plants placed on the roof of both volumes.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Simple form of Center Totems Installation when closed)

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte

(Iron structure to build Center Totems Installation)

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Mini greenhouse on the roof of the Center Totems Installation)

Enter This and Orekari Estudio sets different functions in each of its volumes. For example, the first volume is called TOTEMS WORKSHOP, which serves as a work area, course place, and information exchange room. Not only that, but in this area, the community can also hold workshops openly. To support various activities in this area, the team equipped it with tables, chairs, bookshelves, and storage made of wooden boards.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Totems Workshop)

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte
(Totems Workshop is equipped with tables, chairs, and storage)

The second is TOTEMS EXHIBITION. As the name implies, this second volume functions as an open exhibition venue to promote cultural activities to a wide audience. 

"Both volumes, understood as the antithesis to the buildings in which they were born, are intended to symbolize transparency, openness, and movement," said Enter This and Orekari Estudio.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Totems Exhibition with vertical doors for attaching posters)

Looking deeper, TOTEMS WORKSHOP is designed with horizontal doors and ten storage to facilitate the needs of the work area. Meanwhile, at the MORE OPEN TOTEMS EXHIBITION, the team applied a vertical door to hang the poster or artwork they wanted to display. In addition, the area inside TEMS EXHIBITION is arranged open without storage to accommodate more built-in furniture.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Totems Workshop designed with horizontal doors)

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(The area inside Totems Exhibition is designed to be more open without storage)

What is interesting about the Center Totems Installation is its simple and compact shape with functions that exceed the image of a small stall. So that the surrounding community, artists, and the contemporary art center Huarte (Centro Huarte) can be well connected.

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte
(Center Totems Installation can be used as a projector screen buffer)

Center Totems Installation that Connects Communities with Centro Huarte(Concept image of Center Totems Installation)

Project Information

Office Name :
Enter This & Orekari Estudio
Project Location :
Spain
Completion year :
2017
Photographer Name :
Gorka Beunza
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