the Volcanic Observatory Museum of Auckland
Globalisation has seen the rapid growth and homogenisation of cities, carving up topographies and erasing cultural identity. Auckland was once desired for its rich and fertile volcanic soils; however it now resembles any other urban landscape.
Auckland’s volcanoes have influenced the shape of its urban form in many ways, yet the pervasiveness of the city has concealed these geographical hazards under a concrete blanket. The ongoing destruction of these volcanoes for building resources has given rise to the ‘generic’ tower.
Can the tower -a typology that typically lends itself to the sky- be of the landscape and restore a civic understanding of place? This thesis investigates the monitoring of seismic activity through architecture and the exhibit. The structure functions as an observatory and a museum simultaneously, while responding to issues of density and verticality; a new kind of tower for Auckland.
Unruly Edges Thesis Studio / lead by Virginia Mannering / The University of Melbourne