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Roslyn Dudas

Roslyn Dudas

Troy, NY, US

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View of Flooded Salt Flats from Between Reflective Glass Clad Buildings | VRay Render and Photoshop
View of Flooded Salt Flats from Between Reflective Glass Clad Buildings | VRay Render and Photoshop
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Amplified Perception | A Rest Stop for I-80 in the Great Salt Flats, Utah {Fourth Year}

The most notable characteristic of the Great Salt Flats is the incredible expanse of level, uninterrupted space, with just the mountains far in the distance creating a sense of a faint boundary. This expansiveness is exaggerated when the water table rises and its reflectivity doubles the space. However, this experience is tainted for most people by the speed and enclosure of the vehicle they’re traveling in along the interstate . This rest stop design uses built components to accent the already astounding natural characteristics of the site, removing visitors from the landscape in order to reset their perception of the salt flats and re-expose them in a way that heightens their awareness of their surroundings.

To emphasize to visitors the vastness of the flats, they gradually enter a constrained space and then are exposed to the landscape. The final view of the salt flats will be punctuated by a path of pavers extending into the distance. This provides scale and perspective to the expansiveness while inviting visitors to follow it into the flats and be completely immersed in the landscape. The pavers will also provide an elevated surface for visitors when the water table rises, with their varying height from the ground creating opportunities for seating and pools to form. To play on the naturally occurring mirror condition of the flood water, the built forms will be clad in reflective glass, echoing the surroundings and effectually minimizing their visual impact, allowing the landscape to be the focus.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Great Salt Flats, UT

 
Site Section
Site Section
Exploded Axonometric
Exploded Axonometric
1 | Entry into Parking Area from Interstate
1 | Entry into Parking Area from Interstate
2 | Below Grade Parking Area
2 | Below Grade Parking Area
3 | Pedestrian Exit from Parking Area
3 | Pedestrian Exit from Parking Area
4 | Ramp from Parking to Rest Stop Buildings
4 | Ramp from Parking to Rest Stop Buildings
5 | Approaching Rest Stop Buildings
5 | Approaching Rest Stop Buildings
6 | Re-Exposure to Salt Flats
6 | Re-Exposure to Salt Flats
View of Half of the Rest Stop Facilities and Hotel Rooms from Salt Flats | VRay Render
View of Half of the Rest Stop Facilities and Hotel Rooms from Salt Flats | VRay Render

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