The great question of the contemporary architecture is the untiring search for means to join functionality, sustainability and, of course, visual attraction. Lace Hill embodies all these aspects and applies them to the local reality.
The project, created by the American Forrest Fulton architecture office, idealizes the occupation of an 85,000 m2 area and presents a complex multifunctional structure concealed in the middle of Mount Ararat and at the panorama of the iconic Yerevan city, in Armenia. Placed at a plain surrounded by mountains, one of the aims (if it's not the main one) of the edification is provide the observation of the historical landscape without causing big visual interferences. The external part of artificial hill acts like a complex of observatories, amplifying the natural amphitheatre.
The "building" connects to the visual characteristics of the region where it is, but, at the same time it's not an aggression to the complex, it doesn't go unnoticed: it represents the ideal transition between the rural and the urban environments.
The open spaces at the top promote the air flow, working as a big refrigerator mechanism; besides, they allow the penetration of natural light. Most part of the expected activities happen at mutual living spaces, terraces and belvederes, under the solar light exposition. Inside its interior, offices, restaurants, museums, movie theatres, hotel, fitness centers and residences work with indirect natural illumination. The project calculates the free traffic of pedestrians and cyclists. The traffic of the motor vehicles is limited to a entire subterranean parking lot, with an exit to a highway that links Lace Hill to the adjacent cities.
The landscape architecture, conceived with no aggression to the local soil chemistry, promotes the plentiful use of native plants, which serve as a natural air filter. At the exterior part, evolved by a layer of grass, turns the local moisture and temperature into its favor, as the region is taken by the semi-arid climate. All the vegetation is irrigated by an intricate system of grey water recycling -- generated by lavatories, showers and laundry washing.
Thinking about not causing any impacts at the local citizen and promoting the culture of the country, the project is replete of references to the regional life style. The wide quantity of holes at the internal walls, for example, is an allusion of the details of the traditional Armenian fabrics, hand-made with threads (or cords) and needles.
There's on Lace Hill such a magnificent academic aspect that seduces the visitor at the first sight. And at the second sight too.