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Juice Architects’ Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design
Juice Architects‘ Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is designed to serve as an intrinsic element of the world’s first man-made energy-generating lagoon, located 3.5 km out into Swansea Bay, UK. The 3,500 square meter center provides an inclusive educational, cultural and leisure experience for all while serving as an icon for the clean energy it represents. The conceptual passive design is fully self-sustaining and reflects the natural forms and features of the oyster, a key part of local heritage.
The Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center consists of a complex cluster form of overlapping shells that are precisely aligned to offer protection from prevailing wind and wave action while also providing optimum solar management. The extraordinary curved interior is smooth, elegant and simple, almost pearlescent, a tactile contrast to the roughly textured outer walls. Its breathtaking views are captured through tall slot windows between the shells – reminiscent of vertical fissures in a cliff face.
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