Following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami of 3.11.11 a new infrastructure is to be called upon to respond to the ever growing relation of natural forces and urbanity. We now call upon a strategy of projection and conversion of energy.
Three membranes, informed by the Tokyo Bay context, are set in place as layers of protection for the rising sea level and future tsunamis; the first, the “Succulent Wall” is located at the south-end of the bay thus taking advantage of the bottleneck facing the ocean tides. The succulent wall is an array of extruded geometries that take the basic principles of a sponge’s network-water-flow strategy. The hexagonal-tube components allow the typical flow of water while harnessing its pressure with strategically placed filtered-turbines for energy. In an event of a tsunami, this system will be programmed to shut down and act as a levee. This system responds to energy generation, disaster prevention and ecological passages under the sea level plane while providing space for program above. Recreational, educational and the potential for housing are programs that have been appropriated to the system, taking into consideration existing programs on the coasts nearby.
The placement of these three membranes will create a pattern of bay conditions and a series of porosities from North to South that will fundamentally transform the bay in its form and usages. The Northern tip of the bay will now become a lake, while the middle portion becomes an inundation prevention zone. The process carried out give a good knowledge for the next phase, when these systems of providing architectural form to systems that will be redirected and applied to a real environment , disastrous tendencies and the development of a real program, in order to foster the emergence of new ways of occupying the space with architecture.
Status: School Project
Location: Tokyo, JP
My Role: Designer
Additional Credits: with Aubrey Davidson and Cesar Lopez