Project ambition revolved around the desire to create and provide an interactive public learning environment. This marine biology research facility will not only benefit the researchers, scientists, and students that will utilize it, but also the community. A dynamic learning module is key - one that can adjust according to the function of the space and the events taking place at the time.
The site for this project was located in a region of the Virgin Islands. In Virgin Island culture, "Mocko Jumbies" refers to individuals that walk on stilts during street fairs and carnivals. The tall figures were symbolic of sacred spirits that had protected the villages. Utilizing the idea of stilts, it was applied to the building's form to provide cultural meaning/significance to the design in addition to the desired communal goals.
HOUSING/LIVING ............................................20,000 SF
COMMUNITY/LEARNING MODULE ...............14,000 SF
Marine Biology Exhibit
LAB/ADMINISTRATION .................................21,000 SF
The facility was conceived with all participants in mind. Program is delineated through specific zones determined by the building's form, giving appropriate space to everyone. On the ground level there are two distinctive zones; the learning zones which contain classrooms and student labs and the living zone, which contains dormitory, lounging, and dining spaces.
The second level contains zones with offices and dry/wet labs for researchers and scientists with appropriate accommodations for marine biology research. There are also more dormitory units for students parallel to the laboratory/administration zone. The final zone that is wedged between to two other zones is the community zone. This is a zone available to be utilized by everyone, experienced or novice, to acquire knowledge gathered within the facility that can be shared via the digital facade that relays information at a large scale.
community learning module
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