PROJECT BY MICHAELA HARDY
Discovery centres and museums have changed education in many positive ways. They have allowed people to see real-life examples of historical and scientific theories. This senior project will be a subterranean/sub-aquatic discovery centre with a specialized marine biology/nautical research and development (R&D) space. It will have the ability to cater to large groups with flexible spaces, should individuals wish to host events at the centre, which will increase income.
The main goal of this design is to create an atmosphere that fosters learning through a variety of exhibits by implementing environmental psychology and adaptive technology methods. The use of white flooring and bright colours creates a bright atmosphere despite this centre having much shade due to its placement in a forest. Many custom feature elements were added to entice visitors into learning and exploring more. Natural materials were used in continuation with the natural theme that is present through the use of an organically shaped building. Technology was also strongly utilized in this design to aid in showcasing of even more information.