Ocean Wave Research Lab
Date: Spring 2013 Class: Design 2 Objective: Create a research facility for a topic of choice. Download Board (PDF)
This research institute conducts research in waves, specifically ocean waves and tsunamis. The main concept revolves around the circulation through the building, and how it relates to the transfer of energy from the ground to the water, and back again. The tsunami is created at the deep end of the indoor pool, near the lobby, and travels along the length of the pool to an artificial beach, where the pool runs into the stairs. This action is reflected in the building through the jutting walls in the lobby representing shifting tectonic plates that displace the water, and cause a tsunami. One then travels the length of the pool, in a spacious room full of light, with a full view of the passing wave to their left. At the end, where the wave breaks on makeshift beach, the visitor is forced up the stairs to a smaller area closer to the sloping hill, representing the return of energy to the surrounding land. This flow is then shifted back along the other side of the wave pool where one can get another glimpse of the pool, but eventually they return through a narrow staircase, symbolizing the transition from water to ground once again. The lecture room and outdoor event space serve as gathering areas along the ones route through the building.