This design research project redefines architectural awareness. In other words, can architecture be used as a catalyst to immerse occupants in an environment that inspires education, engages exploration, and sparks a movement of compassion and care?
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Oceana Pavilion: Architectural Awareness
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The Oceana Pavilion project explores design at the intersection between land and ocean. The project answers the question, “What if the ocean could be explored in a way that raises awareness and educates citizens about ocean life?” There are two ways this pavilion works to accomplish the latter. First, the architectural design is inspired by the ocean as the wave-like canopy, water-sculpted structural walls, and ocean floor sand-dune seating all pull from its majestic ecosystem to engage visitors with a new kind of oceanic experience. One can even imagine pop-up exhibit events within the pavilion to further educate visitors. Second, at night the canopy illuminates to display the underwater depths of the ocean – which are sights of ocean-life including fish and coral wonders. With each visit, people that experience the Oceana Pavilion are becoming more aware of the beauty and need to care for ocean life that is such a vital part of our planet.
This design research project redefines architectural awareness. In other words, can architecture be used as a catalyst to immerse occupants in an environment that inspires education, engages exploration, and sparks a movement of compassion and care? Yes, this is the overarching goal of numerous building types, including museums. But what if a museum could become a citizen laboratory by which to help visitors engage with a cause in new and exciting ways? The Oceana Pavilion is a design concept that expands these possibilities, and aims to inspire new environments that awaken.
Within your own architectural projects, what elements come together to engage building occupants in new and exciting ways? You may ask: How can this architectural design be used to create a unique experience that sparks a person to see their surroundings, each other, and themselves with more meaning? In designing for this goal, you will promote deeper ways of thinking and interacting amongst people, to evolve the collective way we all care for ourselves, each other, and the planet. This is the direction by which the Oceana Pavilion aims to inspire its visitors – as an environment that sparks positive social change.