Architectural Design: Higher Ground
The idea of the project is to uncover the artefacts of the past and link them with the present conditions. The aggregation of varying morphological layers is a fictional reconstruction of the artefacts, evoking the character of the site that was once used for industrial purposes. A major component of the project is to revitalize the water wheel that was once used a power generator into a water clock that functionally and symbolically serves as a teaching tool. The new museum proposal is a skeletal reflection of the existing Eli Whitney Museum, constructing a dialogue between the vernacular method of pole barn construction. The layers reveal the distinction between man-made and natural and old and new, while the notational language of representation serves to suggest continual relationship between landscape, structure, and skin.