Architectural Design

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Project Description

SITE. The site is on Science Hill in New Haven, Connecticut. Seen as a residual plot of greenery in Yale’s north campus, the site is a focal point for academic and social congregation.

ECOLOGY ZONES. The site is divided into six self-sustaining wetlands - ranging from grass dominated marshes to less permeable moss bogs.  Densities, species and ecologies vary.

INFRASTRUCTURE. Deep foundation retaining walls create defined basins for each wetlands typology - resulting in a fully contained system with controlled overlap points. Dams, pumps and storage tanks all co-exists within the walls.

PATH. A raised boardwalk connects all zones as well as all of the key elements of program on the site. This path serves as the public realm within the park.

AQUATIC ZONES. Water is contained within each zone and through a series of flowing and pooling, eventually travels between each wetland. Each ecosystem is intended to sequentially purify the water so that once the run-off or storm water that enters the park filters out, it will be clean. This is performed by both mechanic and natural methods.

PAVILIONS. Each pavilion takes on a different approach to its relationship with the landscape - whether physical or experiential. The experiences of immersion, observation and separation are explored within each intervention.

SYSTEMS. Land, water and air recording systems are implemented throughout the site in the efforts to imply a holistic research approach to the wetlands. One must understand greater forces in the macro-sphere to begin to clearly perceive the micro-sphere, and vice versa.