Nympha Cultural Center in Bucharest is a concept proposal designed by Brasov-based upgrade.studio, an architectural practice oriented towards computational design and cutting-edge concepts. Their Urban BY-PASS project received a Special Mention at eVolo’s Scyscraper Competition in 2008.

The proposal is conceived as a programmatic addition to the studio’s Digital University project. It comprises Art galleries, Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center and the University library.The two morphologies seem to be deliberately conflicted, expressing opposite approaches.

The veins system is collecting rainwater and storing it into the ground. Using the heat pump principle for cooling and warming the water the building requires no air-conditioning. A wide spread network of thin tubes covers the outer shell and ensures an efficient heat exchange with the environment.

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