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Shelter For All

The oceanfront is a particularly complex and ever changing environment. With challenging weather, incoming flooding, topographical change, and animal migration, all factors affect the lifetime and accessibility of a man made structure.

My project relates to a larger time scope, like the infinite future. I conceptualize a building that can technically exist in this environment as long as possible while, at the same time, fully embracing human or natural adaptation. It is a trace and record of the past, like Stonehenge, reminding the future earth residents the previous appearance of their ancestors.

To achieve this goal, my building was divided into two parts: concrete to represent the permanent supporting system and wood for transient and adaptable additions.

At present, the building is a lifeguard center for education, administration, and observation. A huge column serves as an observatory instrument to the ocean, as well as an interactive vessel for humans and birds.

As a second stage, taking into consideration when partial flooding occurs, this building stands almost isolated and loses its original program. Before humans lose access to the site, the wood materials that are still in good condition can be dismantled and transferred for other uses

Last but not least, in the infinite future, the site would be totally flooded and the leftover concrete and wood would experience rough environmental challenges and, in the end, maybe only the concrete would survive. Then the holes in those columns would be occupied by animals like birds to form new habitats.