As humans, we have an obligation to take advantage of the technologies available to us. This was one of Corbusier's driving ideas in many of his designs: infatuated with the possibilities of mass produced housing from the introductions of concrete and steel, he proceeded to become the modernist pioneer that many of us admire today. Thinking about moving towards a new architecture, this sentiment is echoing today, some 90 years later. Technology, thankfully, has changed since then. Le Corbusier also believed that the most effective architecture is yielded from the answer to a problem properly asked.
What do we do about global warming? In communities in Malaysia, Nigeria, and many other coastal regions, the effects of rising water levels has already been felt rippling throughout. Large scale displacements are at hand. With projected water levels rising up to six feet in my hometown of Boston by the year 2100, combined with known storm surges of up to thirty feet already recorded, we can conclude something needs to be done. There has recently been an architectural trend around the idea of floating architecture to accommodate for rising water levels.
While this is a great start towards a solution, the main issue with floating architecture is that ultimately you are still left to the mercy of the ocean. We need better than temporary solutions.
Keeping in mind the technology available to us today, and looking at precedents such as the underwater hotels and restaurants, lighthouses, oil rigs, ocean floor research bases, bridge foundations, caissons, assembly robots, and dynamic facade elements, the hope for this project is that we can utilize these myriad tools at our disposal, to build in the water, instead of away or on top of it.
To design a solution is to try and incorporate what spaces might look like while factoring in the possibilities of non, partial, and complete submergence of different elements of the building. At the same time, porous elements throughout the building, reef balls, and underwater gardens try to provide an environment for the aquatic life that might be displaced by the construction of a complex such as this, in addition to providing an attraction for those whose residences might be submerged. From views that are high up, to those that lay beneath the surface, to the ones caught in between, this residential complex aims to provide a solution to a problem by utilizing existing (or graspable) technologies, while at the same time proposing an undeniably unique, captivating, sustainable, and much needed answer to one of the most pressing issue that plagues our planet today.