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Hunsaker, Gregory Brent
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The creation of a place of refuge amid chaos. To create a place that answers the question, â why are we here?â The definition of a place between the sacred and the profane. The complexity of the city will foster an oasis: the serenity of order. In acknowledgement of complexity, simplify. After all, architecture is the theatre wherein the drama of life unfolds. The city will enter the building, and the building will never turn its back on the city. The sea will enter the city through the building, as the city will enter the seaâ ¦ Neither is static. This is life of the highest order. Memory and anticipation will part to yield a performance of the present. This proposal is an effort to reintroduce a humanfriendly scale to an urban edge, embracing the life of the water bodies, and giving direction, identity, and thus purpose (to the human, the city and the sea) through architectural celebration. The site determined a set of environmental and planning issues asking for resolution through architectural intervention. The decision to make an aquarium derived from the questions asked by the existing conditions. An initial subtractive formal treatment of the site (to bring the river inward during high tide) and the reconciliation of this with an additive formal language of the building became a point of departure. The synthesis of form was to be organized as a linear progression through a series of experiences delineating a walk from land to sea.
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