LUNAR CRATER CULTURAL CENTER COMPETITION
Honorable Mention — $100
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
dave EDWARDS: The project explores the speculative notion from two directions first speculating on the cultural behaviour of such an enterprise, asking questions like who would like on the moon? What and why would you go there. And how would this change humanities perception on itself. Would living on the moon lead to new forms of spirituality, new social structures or would we export our current ways of being which would be exposed in a completely new context.
Given that such colonization looks to be something by the private sector would this lead to private cities? Would this create latent utopias reflecting the best of man or a folly doomed to failure. Perhaps the closest parallel would be European colonization of the Americas, with some successes and some failures.
The second notion explores the real and technical requirements of lunar inhabitation focusing on how environmental systems and resource management might be employed in a completely enclosed and separate system. In such an environment how would we keep the place warm? Protected from radiation? And how would waste products be recycled. These questions although in an extreme context allow us to question how more sustainable design might be accomplished on earth.
The project is sited on the edge of a crater on the southern pole of the moon, The cultural centre is integrated into a monastery allowing people working on the moon to gather in a truly public realm. The scheme allows a place for pilgrims, prospectors, fortune hunters and new arrivals to live in for a few days whilst orientating and acclimatizing to the new environment. The building acts as a gateway allowing reflection on and a perspective on the lunar surface.
The building looks back in time for its typology and collections of functions. The typology of the monastery it consists of three elements a Residential, Spiritual and Study Elements. This typology is relevant as the monasteries represented sealed and self-sufficient communities which acted as centres of learning and contemplation. They also cared for people and offer places for travellers to live in often hostile and isolated environments.
The building consists of a public arrival lobby and market, allowing people arriving on the moon, to meet and gather in a potentially isolated and empty frontier. The monastery elements consist of study laboratories for space and genetic research. The centre of the monastery contains an ARK of genetic material to keep safe the genetic codes of all life on earth. The final spiritual aspects allow for man to contemplate humanities position in the heavens.
The building begun with the notion of the cloister instead of a 2-D loop with a central garden the building evolves the typology into three dimensions with the central garden being surrounded by a spiralling pathway up to the chapel at the top of the building. As one ascends different views are choreographed over the crater fields. The spiralling circulation allows for a vertical layering of public and private spaces a graduation between a “profane” urban landscape of the arrival hall to a ‘sacred’ chapel at the summit of the building.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
dE: Manuellian Portuguese Gothic and French High Gothic, Giger and Piranesi drawings meets.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
dE: Rereading The Divine Comedy, and the function of form by Farshid Mousavi, Atlas of Novel Tectonics.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
dE: Roland Snooks, Emergent Architects, MAD, HDM, FMA, Morphosis, Marcos and Marjan, Horhizon.
john SZOT: Bold in its form and spatial configuration, but cognizant of its programmatic responsibilities.
madhu THANGAVELU: I seriously think the Moon needs to be addressed in the light of spirituality and that scientific dogma needs to take a back seat as we seek for answers to why we (as a species) look upward and outward to the heavens.
GO Spirituality! . . . we want a structure for every great religion on the Moon, not to mention a spot for the United Nations