Amaz(on) Grid

Arquideas Amazon Observatory Competition | Amazon Forest, Brazil

In collaboration with: Richard Mui, Di Wang

Overview

The proposal for the new observatory revolves around the idea of minimizing negative impacts on the environment and superimposing guiding coordinates for the visitors. Within the system, different typologies of towers act in symbiosis, where different functions work as complements to one another. The floor plates in each tower vary in size as they correspond to different configurations of programs.

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The towers are connected by layers of paths that elevate the pedestrian circulation off the bed of the forest. As a result, this horizontal layout of vertical buildings allows the scheme to achieve a net area of interior space similar to that of a conventional centre without the need for excessive excavation at groundlevel.

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Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Rhino 5 + Vray