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An underground mound connects the lower and upper levels, creating the height necessary for an auditorium, as well as open space. â€œIt was the least amount of effort for the most amount of different conditions,â€ Mr. Koolhaas said, referring to the range of activities the building will accommodate. â€œWe didnâ€™t want to have a massive presence, but nevertheless a strong presence.â€
The building will be a low and luminous form, a contemporary flourish in an otherwise traditional context. â€œWe didnâ€™t want to do a literal masterpiece, but an almost mysterious single beam of modernity,â€™â€™ said Shohei Shigematsu, the firmâ€™s senior associate on the project.
Mr. Koolhaas said: â€œThe box is always an isolated thing. But here, we use the box as a connector. You could say itâ€™s a postmodern use of the box.â€
He said he had entered the â€œapparent warfare between blob and boxâ€ in contemporary architecture, and that he was "trying to short-circuit that dialectic.â€