Atelier Ten developed a displacement system to condition the gallery spaces. The mechanical system is embedded into “fat” service walls in order to reduce plant size. Adiabatic cooling and high efficiency chillers contribute to the reduction of running costs.
The Cafesjian Centre for the Arts located in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is one of the most significant buildings constructed in the country since 1991 when it achieved independence from the Soviet Union.
The museum stands at the top of a hill, crowning the end of an monumental urban axis left unfinished by the Soviets. From the museum site, the visitor can contemplate panoramic views of Yerevan dominated by the national symbol of Armenia, the snow covered peak of Mount Ararat which sits in the background.
The perspectives resulting from the organisation of the museum galleries create framed vistas of the surrounding cityscape and of meticulously orchestrated interior spaces displaying the works from the museum collection.