Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Hunsaker, Gregory Brent Author's Email Address HunsakerDesign@aol.com URN etd-01112008-171637 Title Auspicium Aevum Degree Master of Architecture Department Architecture Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Holt, Jaan Committee Chair Brown, William W. Committee Member Ritter, James William Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1991-07-24 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe creation of a place of refuge amid chaos. To
create a place that answers the question, “why are we
The definition of a place between the sacred and the
The complexity of the city will foster an oasis: the
serenity of order.
In acknowledgement of complexity, simplify.
After all, architecture is the theatre wherein the drama
of life unfolds.
The city will enter the building, and the building will
never turn its back on the city. The sea will enter the
city through the building, as the city will enter the
sea… Neither is static. This is life of the highest order.
Memory and anticipation will part to yield a
performance of the present.
This proposal is an effort to reintroduce a humanfriendly
scale to an urban edge, embracing the life of
the water bodies, and giving direction, identity, and
thus purpose (to the human, the city and the sea)
through architectural celebration.
The site determined a set of environmental and
planning issues asking for resolution through
architectural intervention. The decision to make an
aquarium derived from the questions asked by the
An initial subtractive formal treatment of the site (to
bring the river inward during high tide) and the
reconciliation of this with an additive formal language of
the building became a point of departure. The
synthesis of form was to be organized as a linear
progression through a series of experiences delineating
a walk from land to sea.
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