Evolving Hyperloop Desert Campus
Jul - Aug 2020, 2 months
Young Architects Competition
Site: Nevada Desert
Type : Research Center
Size: 20,000 sf
Group Competition Project
Collaborator: Hao Xu
Opposite to the Age of the Machine, the twenty-first century will be the Age of Life. To resolve the present problems, we need to refer to the nature and technology.
According to Kisho Kurokawa, opposite to the Age of the Machine, the twenty-first century will be the Age of Life. To resolve the present problems, we need to refer to the nature and technology. Advanced technology and changing urban lifestyles are challenging the existing urban layout. Instead of uniform urban infrastructure that fails to accommodate the complicated living, working, and playing patterns, the contemporary city demands more interstitial places intersected with or layered on the existing city infrastructure. In terms of spatial organization, instead of the grid, we propose evolving patterns with biomorphic units. Our design intends to include the natural elements while speculating on the changes brought by the hyperloop to the future urban life.
In the hyperloop campus, the patterns draw reference from the form and the motion of both the pod and the nature—dunes, wind forces, and underground water. The final form evokes the movement, division, and growth of each unit that accommodates its program. Inspired by the eroded rocks, these units interact by pushing and pulling, shaping a dynamic topography within the desert.
Inspired by the hyperloop, three inner-loops allows frictionless and flexible transit within the campus. The pod becomes the second skin of us, an organic bond between the human and their surroundings. The pod allows users to perceive their own identities during the interconnection with others and their surroundings. The 200-meter testing hyperloop tube is located at the campus center to allow tours and seamless connections to the rest of the programs.
Instead of the urban grid layout, we propose an alternative spatial organizing strategy to enable flexible and frictionless transit among programs and the architecture’s ability to grow and evolve. Each unit has its character, while altogether composing a harmonious dynamic by field forces. Both thesis and antithesis, it is a heterogeneous amalgam of different elements, systems, and functions.