Holl, an artist himself, started the process of this project with painting, seeking for a metaphor to guide the design. Some series of models were made: three fingers pointing to different directions representing strong forces, moving in different directions yet belonging to the same system.
Eventually, this process led to the organizing concept for the building: Tripleness.
- 3 gallery lofts, curving across the rooftop like fingers.
- 3 light qualities, representing three different conditions of time: linear, cyclic and Fragmented/Gnostic time.
- 3 actions: to see, to explore, to create.
- 3 main levels
- 3 circulation directions