Advanced Architecture Studio Fall 2014
This is the second part of the weather museum project. Click here to view the research that precedes this work.
The proposal for a weather museum is a rather ambitious task, primarily due to its unique program. Situated in Red Hook, Brooklyn, this project aims to collect and represent air pollution in a tangible manner. I began with a study of transnational air pollution and the idea of mechanically controlled office environments, both of which are explored in part one of this project. A museum is a place of exhibition, where one can assimilate a sensible/tangible version of something. Weather and pollution both are not always entirely percievable, and this museum attempts to make visible the otherwise imperceptible forces of wind and wind pollution, while simultaneously commenting on the marginalized nature of this part of New York.
There are two proposals, both of which share the same fundamental concept of harnessing wind and filtering it, but are drastically different in their formal approach. The first is an attempt to embrace the factory-esque industrial typology of the surrounding area, whereas the second is a machine that is entirely a result of its programmatic and conceptual requirements.
The 'permeable' idea of pollution is what informs the circulation, and hence the social interactions that govern this museum. There is a fixed loop of circulation (in plan and section), with moments for cross interaction built through this loop.
The two main funnels channel wind at high speeds, purifying and collecting dust, as well as serving as exhibit or circulation spaces. The physicality of wind is furthered by a series of 'breathing' tensile balloons which expand/contract ever to slightly based on changes in air pressure. This change in air pressure is brought about by the venturi effect, which is brought up by the high speed wind flowing through the funnels.