Peter Grisby

Juice Architects' Oyster-Inspired Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Center is a Pearl of a Green Design

by , 02/10/14

Juice Architects, Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Centre, green architecture, sustainable architecture, green design, sustainable design, green building, energy-generating lagoon, renewable energy, oyster, oyster building

Juice ArchitectsOff-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.

Juice Architects, Off-Shore Tidal Lagoon Visitors Centre, green architecture, sustainable architecture, green design, sustainable design, green building, energy-generating lagoon, renewable energy, oyster, oyster building

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.

+ Juice Architects

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?