An educational museum for atmospheric phenomena


THESIS STATEMENT Fractal geometry and chaos theory are used to create a building that is a storm, through use of a fractal geometry and organization system. FACILITY TYPE A museum/visitor center which will educate the public about the atmosphere, and document past atmospheric phenomena. Its two primary functions are:

  1. Record and archive past atmospheric phenomena within the continental U.S. and facilitate those wishing to use this information.
  2. Educate the public about atmospheric sciences and historical weather related events. SCOPE This facility will act as a jumping point for the user. I use the term jump in the manner Charles Jencks uses the word to describe a mysterious event that leads to emergence. In this case emergence is knowledge. Visitors will "jump" from their normal world into a storm of knowledge. The facility will be approximately 30 OOOsq.ft, and will acquaint the user with the surrounding preserve through an increase in their knowledge of atmospheric phenomena and their effects on both the natural and built environment. CONTEXT The museum will be located between northeast Florida's lower St, John's and Nassau Rivers, approximately an hour and a half from Jacksonville on the south end of Black Hammock Island, The proposed site is located at Cedar Point part of the Timucuan Ecological Preserve. It is accessed via Cedar Point Road which terminates at the site. There is currently no other built facilities at the site. Cedar Point is surrounded by estuaries salt marshes.



Architecture, Museum buildings -- Design, Meteorology -- Museums -- Design