Competition entry for Thematic Pavilion, Expo 2012, Yeosu, Korea. Learning from the natural processes and geometries of South Korea’s ocean coast habitat offers the seed for a new kind of sculptural and ecological architecture. Nature’s organic ocean geometries are the inspiration for the ‘OCEAN FOREST’.
The Ocean-Forest concept is based around an architecture of fluid flows between vertical six sided info-tubes, which provide islands of stillness within the flow – and encourage people to slow down, pause and absorb information. Thus each tube acts as an information processor – or information tube.
Each info-tube is assembled from a series of 3 meter high modular hexagonal components to form a tower. Each tube, just like a coral polyp is made up of lower, and upper components. All vertical circulation, service ducts, services, water harvesting and re-cycling are housed within the info-tube structures.
The top of each tube also forms a natural chimney for hot and cool air circulation and natural lighting down to lowest level, while the canopies catch and harvest water run-off for toilets. All roof canopies are covered with integrated solar panels to power efficient LED digital screens and lighting.
In association with Chris Moller Architecture + Urbanism.