interesting structure, could be a more varied form though
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:09 PM by steveds
The shape of the shelter is driven by the mountains, the salt crystal, and the site. The mountains and salt share a sharpened crystalline form that translated into the diamond shapes of the skin. The diamond sides are positioned to force a north and south exposure. The roof takes advantage of this by providing solar collectors to the south and a clear polycarbonate to the north. This will allow maximum collector exposure and provide for the north light without the heat in the summer. The walls are made of perforated metal screen. This will allow airflow while reducing the wind velocity and providing visibility for safety. In the night these panels will be highlighted by the interior solar-powered lighting that will produce a “glow”.
The shelter provides four ‘salt crystal’ rotating chairs. The rotation and arrangement will allow for shared group space or privacy depending on the user/s. The individual seating will deter extended loitering. The chair backs provide space for University and Museum promotions along with other campus happenings and bus route information.
The repetition of the form eases construction cost and labor cost. All materials are durable and graffiti resistant.