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dc.contributor.authorCarstoiu, Benjamin Jeanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:30:14Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:30:14Z
dc.date.issued2004-06-03en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-01062005-163336en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/30834
dc.description.abstractThe goal of my thesis was to produce a building that lives in the spirit of water - a universal substance that senses and responds to the will of the environment around it. Similar to water, the maritime museum adapts its form to external forces while borrowing and redistributing energy throughout an internal cohesive structure. The building serves as an instrument of measurement, etching the pattern of the tides in the night sky and measuring its own shifting form in relation to the moon - its form, constantly reformulates itself, and is analogous to the ebb and flow of progress in history of maritime navigation. Located on North Union Street in Alexandria, Virginia, the building is anchored to the edge of the Potomac, taking full advantage of the endless source of energy that the river provides. The building's form derives itself from the interaction between structure and water. It borrows from the paradoxical behavior of water: the tendency to alternate between platonic spherical forms which occur through internal forces and the unraveling of the sphere in response to gravitational external forces applied to it. The building's circular lighthouse on the northern end serves as a symbolic focal point as well as a central repository for the energy gathered by its two wings. The east wing closest to the water unravels in response to the 4 foot rise and drop of the tides, and borrows that energy to continually recreate an architecture in the image of itself. The west wing of the enclosed portion of the museum serves as a barrier and helps contain the water that is to be released through the lighthouse. The lighthouse also forms a symbolic focal point for the city where light for navigation towards the waterfront, provides a point for people, boats and water to come together. During low tide, a gush of water is released through the lighthouse's inner vortex, as a waterwheel harnesses the lunar energy it is released as a single beam of a light into the sky with surplus energy stored for future use. The interplay between static form and dynamic form creates a building that is both anchored to earth and free to react to the spirit of the movement of the water.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspart03_Water&Structure.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartLunar_Power_1.avien_US
dc.relation.haspart06_Structure&Movement.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart01_Opening_Pages.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart02_Site&Meaning.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart04_Water&Spirit.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart05_Initial_Studies.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart08_Closing_Pages.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspart07_Final_Drawings.pdfen_US
dc.relation.haspartLunar_Power_2.avien_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectFlexibleen_US
dc.subjectAdaptableen_US
dc.subjectWateren_US
dc.subjectStructureen_US
dc.subjectArchitectureen_US
dc.titleMaterial Fluidity: Sense - Will - Form, Alexandria, Virginia Maritime Museumen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentArchitectureen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Architectureen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineArchitectureen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHolt, Jaanen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPiedmont-Palladino, Susan C.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberEmmons, Paul F.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-01062005-163336/en_US
dc.date.sdate2005-01-06en_US
dc.date.rdate2005-01-13
dc.date.adate2005-01-13en_US


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