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Design I - Fall 2019

Archipelago discovers the relationship between man and nature through a sequence of gathering and collecting spaces. These spaces, while each serving a dedicated function, form a gradient of degrees of human intervention in the site. At the beginning, on the western side of the island, dense, untouched, virgin forest covers the landscape. This then forms into a cultivated orchard organized by an angled grid to maximize the amount of sunlight that each tree receives. This grid is the first instance of human intervention, and it remains a formal basis for the rest of the system. Another constant in the system is the mimicry of a canopy that is first experienced in the forest. Between the main island and a smaller high peaked island is a wooden threshold of undulating surfaces that rest on tall columns with the angular logic of the skewed grid. Here, these surfaces are functionally for the collection of water for irrigation and the growth of an herb garden. The last program of the system is an angled and cantilevered greenhouse. The greenhouse is made of steel and glass, and encloses nature completely. Conceptually, the greenhouse and the forest, the two ends of the spectrum, are inverses each other. While the forest is nature completely encloses man, the greenhouse is man completely enclosing nature. 

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