Flowing Marine Research Center Inspired by Tsunami Waves

by , 10/11/10
filed under: Architecture

bali, green architecture, green design, eco architecture, marine research center, tsunami wave, Universitas Pelita Harapan, indonesia, kuta beach

An international design competition for a marine research center in Bali, Indonesia gave firm solus4 an opportunity to study and architecturally interpret the structure of tsunami waves. Designed for a site 150 meters off the shore of Kuta beach, their Marine Research Center is a fluid structure that minimizes its impact upon its natural aquatic environment. The 2500 square-meter facility is designed to be extremely energy efficient while providing visitors and scientists with a direct connection to the the ocean.


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  1. Ken Matsui October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    As someone that is interested in the ideas of biomimicry and design based on nature, I have found this project entry to be very interesting. The fact that the driving force behind the design was the dynamic movement patterns of the tsunami waves stood out and is very intriguing. When one thinks of tsunami waves, they would usually think of force and the mass destruction that it could potentially cause. Instead, in this design proposal, you were able to take a destructive force and reconfigure it so that it became a constructive force and the primary form-driving element, which I found to be creative and successful for the objective of the competition. The resulting space, shown in the renderings, creates an elegant environment where visitors and occupants of the space to efficiently use its programmatic element as well as being able enjoy its connection to the exterior.

    Upon reading the project description and view the renderings, a couple of questions came to mind. It seems as though the intention of the form was so that it appeared as it was “born of the sea” and to integrate the form to its surrounding environment. I do understand that the interior of the building allows connection to the exterior surroundings. However, I am curious on how the form its self integrates with the sea and becomes a part of the surrounding environment, and I was wondering if you were able to elaborate on that part. Another question that comes to mind is “What happens when a tsunami comes?” Being a marine research center focusing on tsunamis, it seems that it should have some sort of prevention in the case of a tsunami; just like how government buildings and hospitals are base-isolated to prevent/limit damage from an earthquake. Have you thought of and implemented such ideas within the research center design? Thank you for posting this interesting design proposal and I look forward to seeing future projects from Solus4.

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