HOW CAN ARCHITECTURE IMPACT THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE AS WE KNOW IT BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE WATER?

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Marine Research Center in San Franciso CA

PROJECT STATEMENT:

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.

Site Analysis

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.

Mood Board:

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

SITE PLAN:

FLOOR PLANS:

Overall floor plan
Classroom floor plan (Original – final)
Lab floor plan

BUILDING ELEVATION SKETCHES

Building elevation design (Original sketch – final sketch)

Sketch Up Design Process

Preliminary designs:

Front Entrance View
Ocean View

Final Designs:

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?

13 Comments
Phoebe_286

Phoebe_286

I am a sophomore at Durham Academy Upper School in North Carolina.

13 comments

  1. Olivia

    Hi Phoebe,
    I love your design and how it looks like a wave! I live in San Francisco and I think that this would be a great addition to the Marin Headlands area. To answer your question, I think if I gained a connection with the ocean and the marine life in it I think that I would definitely be more conscious of my actions and how they affect our oceans.
    Nice work!

  2. Julia Fuchs

    Hey Phoebe,
    Your project idea is super important and the problem is sometimes not addressed as it should in our society. The design of the center looks super cool and spreads the message that you wish. I loved reading about your ideas and I can see how passionate you are about this subject. One question: What other SDGs can you connect to your project?

  3. Claire

    Hi Phoebe! I’m so glad that you took something that was very personal to you and developed it to include an SDG-inspired research center. The design of the center is very thought through and with the waves, anyone passing by would be able to instantly recognize and maybe even reflect about the ocean in their lives. Today I think that a lot of changes are happening to make everyone reconsider how they might be harming the ocean unknowingly. Implementation of reef-safe sunscreen is rising and hopefully, all sunscreen brands will only produce reef-safe sunscreen. Great job!

  4. Asako_279

    Hi Phoebe, I enjoyed reading about your project and passion/reason for choosing this topic! I also love the ocean, and the fact there may be more pollution in the water than fish one day is awful and it needs to be stopped.
    I think a connection does help and inspire more motivation to change or cause action. I do not surf or scuba dive, but the ocean does make me happy and I love seeing water, regardless of it being an ocean, a lake, river… and I think this makes me more interested in this topic.
    I think several things anyone can do to address this issue are:
    A hack I read somewhere – cut the plastic circular ropes around cans (I forgot what they were called) so that if they do end up in the ocean, fish or any sea animal will not get stuck in them.
    Whenever I visit beaches and the ocean, I find it so frustrating when people leave their trash flying around and when I do find trash, I try to throw it away in the trash can. I think that others can do this as well.
    I love the unique design you produced, I like how you made it connected to the ocean!!
    Nice job!!!

  5. Cameron

    Hello Phoebe! I really loved reading all that you want to do with this project and all the things you want to do, I really love how it follows your passion. The ocean design of the building is so unique and I have never seen anything like it before. I too in fact love the water and is a big passion of mine. Im glad you chose this project. Great work:)

  6. James Gomez

    Hello Phoebe, I think your sketch up designs are very strong and interesting. I like how you used a wave for the basis of your design. Regarding your first question, I am at the Ocean a lot. I see in my community beaches so much trash that is either dumped there, or litter. I also see a lot of fishing nets. To fix this, people in my community do beach cleanups or adopt a beach to ensure that it is kept clean, so wildlife can flourish. Overall, great project and great work.

  7. Alex Buntin-Nakamura

    Hi Phoebe! I think your initial floor plans were very well thought out, as well as the location you chose. The circulation of the space looks like it would be very effective in a museum/aquarium setting. Your wave design of the exterior adds to how interesting the building is, and it is super creative as well. Great job!

  8. Grace Sherrill

    Hi Phoebe, I loved your project! The usage of the wave shape to communicate the purpose of your building was so smart. To answer your question: Personally, I live in the midwest so it is very difficult to develop a connection to a body of water so far away but I do think that my few experiences with it have made me more conscious of how my actions affect it. Your project makes wonder about how to effectively share about the ocean in landlocked areas and how beneficial that would be.

  9. Hollis Cook

    Hey Phoebe! I think your project is so vital particularly with the statistics you provided in mind. Not only have you taken into account location but also how you have a focus on education, since it will not be enough to clean if others don’t make change. I particularly like the shape of your building because it is new and interesting in a way that would draw people to it. Very well done!

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    Hey Phoebe! I am so impressed with your work with the design of your building. I love the idea of incorporating the aesthetic of marine life into the building by making it a shape of a wave. The exterior of the building is also going to make it pop out if it were to be surrounded by other buildings.

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    Hey Phoebe! I think your project is so vital particularly with the statistics you provided in mind. Not only have you taken into account location but also how you have a focus on education, since it will not be enough to clean if others don’t make change. I particularly like the shape of your building because it is new and interesting in a way that would draw people to it. Very well done!
    Hey Phoebe! This is such a perfect and well thought out idea. It shows all your knowledge in conversation and respect towards and for the ocean and the marine life. I had a similar idea for my project but didn’t think about the impact of plastic waste. I love the shape of the wavy building and how it flows so well. It is definitely unique and can add a great presence to San Francisco. Great job!

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    Hey Phoebe! This is such a perfect and well thought out idea. It shows all your knowledge in conversation and respect towards and for the ocean and the marine life. I had a similar idea for my project but didn’t think about the impact of plastic waste. I love the shape of the wavy building and how it flows so well. It is definitely unique and can add a great presence to San Francisco. Great job!

  13. Ned Henneman

    Hi Phoebe. I think your project deals with a very important topic, and I think you made a great presentation about it. I like your idea of including classes open to the public so that while scientists can do important research in the facility, others can also learn about the problem of water pollution. To answer your first question, I know I have come up on pollution at the beach before, and I think your project idea would be a helpful building to work on this issue. I also really like your final design; it’s very cool!

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