The Void
Boston, MA 2003
Instructor: Adriaan Gueze of West 8

Problem A museum replaces an existing parking structure on the Boston harbor that leaves a void in the city. A beautiful detail shall be designed for the space that embodies the essence of "the void".
 
Solution A box with three walls creates an introverted space in which the architecture of the museum is subjugated below ground. This focuses attention on the ebb and flow of the tides as they infiltrate the site to create a marsh on the roof of the building. The marsh becomes accessible by means of a giant boardwalk that is deformed by the emerging museum. Where the boardwalk collapses, the visitor can move into an intimate nook where the marsh is experienced up close. Wrapping the edge of the planks is a delicate boarder of golden mesh that acts as a safety netting and allows vegetation to grow through its holes over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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