Author: Diego Juarez
Ground of Tomorrow
Studio: ARCS 5106 – MArch Option Studio 2 – Extreme Landscapes
Professors: Robert Boraks, Jill Stoner and Piper Bernbaum
Year: Winter 2020
Project Observatory offers a new opportunity to discover and experience the natural phenomenon of the Ramon Crater in the Negev or Naqab desert through a scientific lens. The project is a gateway to focus on geology and astronomy, observing them through light, time and space.
It sits on a sandstone hill with thousands of prism-like rocks that index time and erosion in the crater through materials, views and the natural terrain. The structure’s materiality emphasises the architectural atmosphere and notion of time. Over time the site will erode, ultimately allowing the design to document the passing of time.
Copper became the choice for the making of the projects for various reasons. Copper is very durable compared to other materials, and at the end of the building life it is also 100% recyclable. Its subtly reflective appearance evolves over time due to oxidization, turning the metal a distinctive green color. This enhances the project to a perpetual experience.