Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.
10 Farnham St
This adaptive re-use design for Dongyang Concrete silos in Yeosu City, Korea creates a municipal ocean water aeration and cleaning infrastructure linked with a cultural center for the new “blue water economy” of the Yeosu City Region. Ocean water from Yeosu City’s “Big O Harbor” is raised up with solar pumps and then cleaned with gravity fed filtration tanks. Overflow ocean water is aerated (to increase oxygen) as it falls down the stainless steel skin Silo #1’s 55 meter vertical drop.
Yeosu City is gateway to a National Marine Park and tourist destination. The architectural proposal takes the horizontal plane of the Ocean and turns it vertical to create a visually fluid Ocean Façade. Water flows down the new cladding, creating a changing play of water and sunlight allowing the Ocean itself to become the landmark for Yeosu City. The interior of Silo 1 is left largely empty, giving visitors a sense of depth as they look up to the Ocean aeration pool above.
The physical use of Ocean water is complimented by the public display of digital information on water current speed, water temperature and oxygen levels. The design taps into the online sensor feed of the existing Argo Float Buoy network, and brings it into view at night. The project’s Ocean Water Monitoring interface receives the Argo Buoy signals from the internet and translates this information into real time waves of light using an addressable LED network s in a cylindrical monitor atop Silo #2.
The design links physical and digital experiences of the ocean: seeing the water as a physical element and revealing the more hidden aspects of ocean ecology and its impacts on daily life.
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Client: 2012 Yeosu Expo
Location: Yeosu City, Korea