Nature Observatory of Amazonia

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NOA - 1458
Die Angewandte / at Austria
1 members
Luis Pozo

Project type:

Intro - Concept

The biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest represents a rich source of inspiration when it comes to defining habitable conditions.


The programmatic functions are established according to the need of the tropical forest's conservation, the needs of the local population and the promotion of sustainable turism.

The observatory of the deep jungle is conceptualized as an ongoing experience and therefore is provided not only in a stationary built artefact, but as well in moving, and projected space:
A fleet of ships serves as mobile Observatory and provides booths for medical health assistance as well as educational laboratories to researchers and tourists.
Permanent clusters of research stations and touristic hubs are scattered among the vast extend of the Amazon River, forming a large network of communication.
Additionally, drones can be sent out to observe unreachable areas and used in remote control. This type of observation can be experienced in an ephemeral space that only emerges
in the moment of intersection between stationary and dynamic space: Whenever a ship docks onto one of the hubs, or even independently to one another,
the two of them create a symbiotic space of flexible use.
Here, a projected observation of the drones' flight can take place and be used as both, informational source for establishing a dynamic understanding of this so far untouched environment,
but also as communicational platform which allows for events to take place within the traveling community.

Design / Technology

The stationary hubs are designed as independently standing, but globally interconnected clusters of pavillions, each of which carries their own character, depending on the specific site conditions.
Arrays of curvilinear structures are made from bundled bamboo branches, interconnecting sheltered spaces and lifting them up from the ground. This way the landscape can be explored
withought leaving an environmental impact. The intend is to utilize locally occurring, and biodegradable materials, such as the bamboo which can be found in the southwest of the Peruan Amazonas.
The sheltering entities themselves are geometrically constructable from developable surfaces, which can be manufactured from bent wooden planks by local communities.

The aim of the project is to establish a new harmonic relation between the natural - existant and the built - adaptable.opuesta

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