ARCHITECTURE: The Historic and the Generative
The restored lighthouse with the former helipad as its “technological wings” are proposed as complementary elements of a sustainable design that will display an interplay of many contrasting opposites:
•Past, Old (preservation) vs. Future, New (change)
•Static (Maintenance, Conservation) vs. Dynamic (Accepted Change, Evolution)
•Use (Consumption of Energy) vs Production (of energy, freshwater)
•Gravity (masonry, heavy, solid walls) vs. lightness (polycarbonate, light, transparent)
•Architectural Presence (object over a knoll) vs. Architectural Absence (Services hidden
in cavities, partially buried)
New elements in the historic structure, such as windows and shutters will be distinctly
expressed. Given the harsh nature of the site we will minimize moving parts and specify
bronze hardware well suited to that environment.
The former 100-foot diameter concrete helipad will be replaced by what we call the
“Technological Wings”, a partially sunken structure with ample roofs for water and solar energy collection.
LANDSCAPE: The Wild and the Cultivated
The planting strategy builds upon the wild and natural character of the site and the
commitment to use only native and endemic species. The aim is to foster a fine balance
between restoration of habitat loss and creation of new plant communities that may better adapt to the current climate and soil conditions.
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