School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design
Students: Brandon Sanchez, HsienTing Huang, Jose Castaneda
Faculty: Alexandra Barker
We are interested in analyzing the relationships between light, darkness, water, and earth in relation to the programmatic adjacencies of the natatorium and waste to energy/recycling. To begin the merger of these programs we include a childhood educational facility inspired by tours of various incinerator and recycling plants. This effectively begins to tie the natatorium and WTE together before architectural intervention by providing an emphasis on education for the youth in addition to the recreational vibrancy of the natatorium. By using a thoughtful amalgamation of “vessel-like” hybrid chimney forms, we begin to celebrate the industrial ecology that accompanies an exhaust heavy program. In order to establish our relationship with nature, we have conceptualized the use of grottoes within the natatorium spaces. Utilizing the atmospheric qualities of these urban grottos in addition to the various light wells produced from various non-exhaust chimneys, we can begin to define the boundaries between industrial and recreational programs.