Allied Works’ design for the new Arvo Pärt Centre is defined by the conversation of earth and sky, at the intersection of stone and light. The 2,270 gsm building inscribes the earth with a calligraphy of stone, defining the Centre’s domain within the conifer forest. Stone paving rises to walls and terraces, moving up from the earth to define spaces of differing proportion and scale, both intimate and public. It is a primary act of making, modeling the datum of gravity with the mass and permanence of masonry.
Above, a flowing form rises and falls, lightly touching the ground. Floating over stone, a wooden roof reaches up to invite light down through the forest to occupy the space below the canopy. This structure finds its form both in the life of the spaces below and the quality of light it provides.