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Part 2 Project 2007
Pritesh Solanki
Manchester School of Architecture Manchester UK
Thesis study / 1,000,000m3 / Cultural Centre
1,000,000m3 is an interactive, cultural gateway sited on the border between
Slovakia and Austria.
The programme is informed by the contrasting economical, political and cultural
effects of the communist era between these two countries.
The Slovakian half of the building aims to dispose of the country’s outdated,
negative identity.
In contrast, the Austrian half celebrates its economical, political and cultural
The cube form of the building lacks any apparent movement however, a
continuous ramp, re-enacting a boulevard, winds its way through the
1,000,000m3 volume.
The perforated cor-ten steel cladding represents the notion of the ‘impenetrable’
iron curtain.

Pritesh Solanki

How does contemporary identity map onto place? An interesting feature of globalisation is the tendency for places to merge into a banal ‘defaultscape’ of typologically normalised built form. Pritesh’s thesis project transforms this notion of normalisation into a heroically scaled proposal to mark place and identity through a process of amplification and concentration of contemporary programme. Marking the borders of all EU member states, the 1000000m3 cube absorbs the detritus of the border and its hinterland. Responding to the cultural and legislative frameworks of the countries it unites, it celebrates cross border linkages and embodies the spirit of trans-european collaboration.

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