New means of the Acropolis of Athens in nature
This project studies the Acropolis of Athens, situated in the south bay tidal wetlands of upstate New York. The acropolis is primarily dedicated to the goddess Athena in Greek mythology. The means is to keep what is sacred inside. Original acropolises were not designed for pure aesthetics but for good defense and manipulating perspectives through precise proportion alignment and part to whole relationships. In this museum of nature, natural phenomena provide higher importance. Museums are oriented according to the landscape to demonstrate respect for nature. The experience starts with a ramp and is derived into three axes: air, water, and earth. The floating island celebrates the tension between humans and nature. Visitors are forced to look at it at the end of all three axes but are only able to take a boat there at certain seasons. Architecture itself is like a petri dish. It is artificial but neutral. It says nothing but carefully curates fauna and flora at different scales, even in water. With rising water levels, different exhibits become active. Bulkhead is the construction method used in structural elements, learning from piers in the Hudson River.