In the words of its designer, this project is about enriching 'activity not architecture': its massing, use of materials and response to its steeply vertical site are all intended to be self-effacing. The centre is an urban reserve - a 'viewing platform framing an infinitely rich downtown context'. It promotes research and local handicrafts as well as more general reading and relaxation. Environmentally, it uses as much cool northern light as possible, and has a grey water system for irrigation. Recycled materials are applied creatively: soft drinks cans, in particular, find their way into floor tiles, door veneers and the reception desk.