Marine Research Center in San Franciso CA
Each year 17.6 billion lbs of plastic are put into our oceans. That is nearly equivalent to 57,000 blue whales. It is predicted that by 2050, the plastic in the ocean will outweigh the weights of all the fish combined. These mass amounts of plastic are destroying our oceans right before out eyes. That is why I decided to come up with a building that helps address these issues. My idea is to create a building with three main parts. The first part would be a lab area where scientists and engineers can come together to design and create mechanisms to help clean up the existing pollution in our oceans along with preventing further pollution. The second part consists of a class room area open to the public to sign up for classes. During these classes the students will have the opportunity to be educated about the effects of pollution and connect with various elements of the ocean. My hope is that by allowing people to connect with the ocean, they will develop a love for it. This will then in turn cause them to do all that they can to keep the oceans clean and influence others to do the same. That brings me to my third element which is an aquarium corridor or tunnel that connects the lab and the classroom together. This will provide a close up connection with ocean life.
Existing conditions: mostly flat with shrubberies and trees until cliff drop off, located on the water, location not prone to hurricanes or tsunamis, close to densely populated city of San Francisco.
Utilities: nearby highway and connecting roads, allowing for easy access.
Neighborhood Context: located close to densely populated city of San Francisco California.
Circulation of flow: I would create a road designated as the entrance road and a road designated as an exit road. This would allow for a smooth circulation of movement in and out of the structure parking lot.
Sensory: The area is fairly large and open but is also very close to the water. This allows peaceful and calm element to the building. It is close enough to the city to still be relevant but far enough to allow for a sense of seclusion and privacy.
Potential: There is a lot of space to work with and the flat ground allows makes it much easier to design. Because of the great views there is a lot of potential to add a lot of windows to allow for the influx of natural light reducing the amount of electricity needed.
For this project we were asked to come up with a mood board or a group of elements and pictures to help understand the general feel our design will give off.
Floor/Site plans and Elevation perspective
BUILDING ELEVATION SKETCHES
Sketch Up Design Process
Questions for further feedback:
How often do you come across pollution in the oceans yourself?
If you gained a connection with the ocean and the marine life in it do you think that you would be more conscious of your actions and how they affect our oceans?
What are some ways that you think the ordinary person can do in their everyday lives to help address this issue?