Sunday, April 19, 2009

The arboretum

The arboretum is part of the master plan of an affordable housing development using alternative building methods.

I designed the arboretum as the focal point to the master plan. This project was for my senior studio. The idea is for the arboretum to act mainly as a rainwater collection system located in the middle of the community, as well as host a variety of plant species for educational purposes. The center of the arboretum is open to the sky where rainwater collects into a compluvium. When standing inside during a rainstorm, a dramatic water fall cascades into the space.

The structure is primarily constructed of cmu blocks, glass blocks, and corrugated metal roofing.

Underneath the structure is a holding tank for the water to collect, along with a pump which is activated by the play pump in the playground above. When children play on the play pump, they are actually pumping water out of the tank for use.

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