Timeless Celebration, 2016. Digital, print on paper, wood, dimensions variable.
The site is located in an abandoned quarry in Rockridge, Oakland, and I intend to explore a poetic alternative to the current careless abandonment of quarries in Oakland. The project incorporates a Planetarium and a Geological Exploratorium and captures Genius loci, celebrating the timeless quality of the stone, sky, and water, while it re-links surrounding urban fabrics that are currently disconnected.
The project’s primary geometry in the plan resembles the orbiting of the planets and the order of the universe, echoing the theme of timelessness. In the section, the geometry is deconstructed in order to fit the local geological condition and celebrate the fact of the transience of the building itself.
This project accepts the constructed nature and it humbly submerges its monumentality underneath the water, only giving a few hints by the popping out skylights. It quietly waits underneath the surface like a silent stone, for the visitors to come through the cycle and explore the deep sensation in the heart intrigued by the light and space and the timelessness of the content.