“Intimacy with the Natural World”
Experience and attuned environments, as well as sustainable living is a focus of this thesis. The site is in Lithuania, which is a lowland country near the Baltic sea. The project brief is a Nature Discovery Centre in the middle of Seaside Regional Park which intends to connect all existing destinations of the park. The aims of the project are the following: encouraging engagement with nature; creating a stimulating fusion of education, entertainment and awareness; as well as becoming an example of sustainable design promoting renewable energy use in Lithuania. The site is ideal for experiencing the nature as within a 500m radius there is the sea, coastal cliff, dunes, deciduous forest, pine woods, and a lake with bird observation deck.
The strategy for the project is based on the idea of an architectural promenade creating a series of buildings spread out across the route through the site providing a varied experience of landscape, flora, fauna and the sea, as well as providing social gathering spaces. The architectural language for this project developed as a heavy protective base level, raised from the ground timber enclosed structure and light open structure to the top, for study and recreation in-between the tree branches.
Year-round functioning dormitories with a staircase providing a view and access to the sea.
Gathering space at the top is the social heart of the project. The spaces between the woods and the sea acts as a perfect place for seasonal festivals.
Teaching Block Section: ground floor open to the landscape, main teaching at the first floor and open roof deck with a view to the sea.
Promenade destination point: a Café with a fire place with a view to the outdoor terrace, sea, and pier.
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Curated by Ellie Hardman-Cheer