Coral Triangle Center
Coral Triangle Center
In 2015, Kossmann.dejong exhibition architects was commissioned by the Coral Triangle Center (CTC) in Bali to develop a concept for an interactive knowledge and meeting center for one of the most important coral ecosystems in the world. Bali-based Architect Joost van Grieken was responsible for the architecture. The center will be constructed in phases. The diving pool, various workshop spaces, an escape room – designed by Aram de Leeuw – and the entrance pavilion has been built. A unique part of the plan, an 18 metres long and 2.5 metres high ceramic coral wall, has also recently been completed. Under the guidance of the American artist Courtney Mattison, more than 300 volunteers have made over 2,000 ceramic corals that together make up this form-based artwork. Kossmann.dejong is supporting the CTC with its development through, among other things, providing exhibition and presentation advice. Herman Kossmann, founder and creative director of Kossmann.dejong, gave a 10-day workshop to all employees of the center in the summer of 2018.
The CTC has been devoting its energies towards this coral area for almost 15 years and is giving a significant boost to its activities with this center by inspiring and activating as many people as possible – locally, regionally and internationally – to preserve this unique and vulnerable area.
The Coral Triangle is a large maritime area almost 6 million km2 in size, located between Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste (East Timor). It has the greatest diversity of corals in the world (600 species) and also forms the habitat for countless fish, turtles, whales and other species of animals. The natural resources of this area have stimulated local and international trade for centuries. The Coral Triangle currently provides more than 100 million people with an essential part of their basic needs and means of existence. This important ecosystem is, however, under threat in all kinds of ways from, among other things, overfishing, fishing with dynamite, unwanted by-catches of endangered species and deforestation.
With the development of a multi-functional center the CTC wants to further develop into a local, regional and international focal point for the preservation of the Coral Triangle. Not only are the value and beauty of this area, and its threats, highlighted in the new center, but people are also encouraged to take action in various ways, both bottom-up and top-down. In addition to interactive exhibitions, workshop and debating spaces, and various training facilities, there are also plans for the creation of a (digital) film library and a unique restaurant. In this way, the existing training and educational activities for the Marine Protected Areas will be further expanded upon.