From Program to Use • Industrial Arts Center competition
• Cincinnati | USA • Design: December 2012
• Size: 4300 m²
• Publications: Archdaily,iArch
From Program to Use aims to reconsider the importance of the idea of use in the conception of any architectural work, as this implies complementary questions such as the idea of experience, movement, perception, atmosphere. The Rapid Electrotype Company Building, a one-story structure built in 1900 and located at the base of a steep hill in Cincinnati, is transformed into the central nucleus of the future Industrial Arts Centre: rather than demolishing it, the building will be restored and reconverted into a public open foyer. Workers and visitors are forced to enter the old building, in order to access the new functions of the Arts Centre. Its existing structure will be integrated with new activities: bar, café, manufacturing studios, workshops, office, and at the upper level, some housing units.