The strong necessity for renovation of the city of Strongoli makes us envision setting up an artist in residence center, which would play an important role for the cultural development of Calabria.Visible from far away on top of the Motta Grande, a hill just outside of Strongoli, the new Art Museum Strongoli creates a remarkable landmark for the city in the heart of Calabria.ConceptSeeing by WalkingOur concept of Seeing by Walking goes back to Aristotle's School of Philosophy, which involved strolling on roofed walkways while thinking and lecturing. The idea behind this is that the mind is stimulated when the body is moving. Likewise, perception is stimulated through changes in the environment of light, material and climate while moving through a sequence of differentiated spaces.Consequently, the Randers Art Museum is a fluid and continuous space, in which the works of art are experienced while walking. Look-out points and shortcuts add variety and orientation to the museum choreography. The loop starts and ends in the foyer.The hybrid form of the building is developed from the connection of three functional bodies: an iconic, cone-shaped structure with the public entrance, the main volume of a multifunctional hall, which houses the exhibitions, and a daringly cantilevering panoramic restaurant. This sculpural merging of forms is enveloped by a curved outer skin that has been designed by energy transforming parameters driven by wind and sun. The aim of our proposal is to design a building that generates more energy than the building itself is using.ProgramThe public entrance in the cone-shaped foyer area is oriented toward the city. Its spiralling ramp, which gives access to the exhibition zone, transforms it also into a spectacular event space. At the other end of the building the restaurants panoramic terrace offers a great view to the eastern sea and the surrounding landscape. Between these two points the visitors' itinerary loops through the flexible, two-story exhibition area. The spaces for regular exhibitions are situated on its upper level, below lies the "VideoLab" for contemporary media art. Both spaces are directly accessed by two elevators from the service area in the basement, which also houses the administrative spaces that are exposed to natural light from the downhill side. The multifunctional hall can also be used as a lecture hall, auditorium, cinema, or just as an extension of the foyer for public events. Thus the new Art Museum Strongoli is not only a place to experience art, but also of cultural exchange, with the potential to become one of the hippest destinations in southern Italy.Structural DescriptionThe cantilevering part of the Art Museum Strongoli consists mainly of two connected ribbons. They are proposed to be accomplished as steel frameworks.While the slightly declined (inclined?) ribbon carries mostly the vertical loads, the curved ribbon stabilizes the first horizontally at the upper edge.The lower edge is stabilized by the terrace's slab that is rigidly connected to the cantilevering ribbon.For additional stiffness and to carry vertical loads of the terrace, ropes are arrayed between the steel construction of the curved ribbon and the terrace.The steel structure is connected to the reinforced concrete walls of the backside of the building and is founded on piles to realize the fixed support and load transfer into the ground.Environmental, Energy and Building Services ConceptThe exhibition spaces with their necessarily tightly controlled indoor environments are physically separated from the loosely controlled macroclimate of the circulation and lobby spaces, so that these act climatically as a buffer zone between the external climate and the microclimates in the exhibition spaces, in which constant temperatures and in particular constant humidity levels are necessary to protect the exhibits, which are in most cases of hygroscopic nature and thus prone to damage on account of changing levels in relative humidity. The multifunctional outer skin acts as an environmental filter (light, heat) and as an active energy generation system (photovoltaic cells, solar thermal collectors).The multilayered roof construction is designed to provide controlled natural daylighting of the exhibition spaces. A layer of louvers automatically controls the amount and intensity of light entering the exhibition space. A matt glass lower layer ensures that the light is diffused. This method of lighting the spaces is highly energy efficient as not only is the electrical energy required for artificial lighting drastically reduced but also the cooling energy associated with lighting, as the relationship between light output and heat gain associated with daylight is far more efficient than that associated with artificial light sources.The exhibition spaces are conditioned by an all-air VAV-system (no water systems in the exhibition spaces). People are a major contributor to the room cooling load and also determine the amount of fresh air to be provided, so that the load dependant reductions in supply volume possible with a variable volume system provide a large energy saving potential. Supply air is ducted from air handling units located in the vicinity of the exhibition spaces and delivered via floor displacement grilles into the spaces. Return air flows via the light fittings from the exhibition spaces into the suspended ceiling zone thus removing a large proportion of the heat from the lighting before it becomes a load on the space.Combined heat and power generators fuelled by biomass provide the building with both heat and electrical power. This solution has both ecological and economic advantages compared to more conventional alternatives (c. 60% less CO2 emissions), but also provides a major advantage with regard to security of supply which for the intended building use is not to be underestimated. The heat is primarily used to drive an absorption chiller which supplies chilled water to cool the supply air in the central air handling plants.An integrated security system is provided including CCTV (close circuit television) surveillance of public areas, full function access control at selected entrances and lifts and central monitoring equipment within a main lobby security/ reception desk. A complete Building Management System (BMS) is provided consisting of multiple Direct Digital Control (DDC) data processing outstations and a central management system.