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  • Aquaria: The Floating Pavilion

    Aquaria: The Floating Pavilion
    san francisco CALIFORNIA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    pat PANUPAISAL: This project is a part of Advanced Design Studio at the Academy of Art University, Fall 2011. The pavilion is part of the Futuristic World Expo in San Francisco.

    The proposal explores the possibility of floating structure and the interaction between architecture and water level fluctuation. The form of the pavilion evolved from a series of formal exploration documented in a modifier catalogue. The form consists of a skeletal/structural frame that holds the floating clusters of pod-like volume in place.

    Surrounding the building are tidal walkways, which as the name suggest, can become inundated throughout the course of the day.
    As the tide rises, the movement throughout the walkways is affected, constricting circulation and disconnecting the pavilion from the rest of the expo.

    The two main spaces in Aquaria are the Skeletorium and the Aquaditorium. The Skeletorium is the exhibition of marine life skeletons, in another word, aquarium of the dead. With minimum opening and the motionless remains of marine life, the space will evoke a sense of stillness, of death. The underwater Aquaditorium, in contrast with Skeletorium, provide a dynamic and lively backdrop to the performance space as sea dwellers move around in the water beyond. The quality of light in the Aquaditorium is affected by the water level as well as time of the day, creating a unique experience in the space.

    The main concept for this pavilion is the interaction between architecture and the world of water by exploring new possibility for underwater and floating architecture.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    pP: Floating architecture, Expo 2012, flood, diving, my interest in aquariums.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    pP: 2012, The Blue Planet, MARK magazine, Yiruma with Rainy mood.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    pP: Zaha Hadid, SOMA, Vincent Callebaut, Koen Olthuis, Tom Wiscombe.

    Additional credits and links:
    Instructor: Kory Bieg, OTA+

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