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Early Diagrams Early diagrams started with ideas of incorporating natural elements, creating a series of light boxes and bridging the river in a meaningful way. The original light box idea was intended to to showcase the evacuation spaceplanes. The structures would be enourmous to accomodate the wingspan of planes that would carry up to twenty within the rocket. After some struggle with this idea, the spaceplane storage was abandoned to bring greater focus to the public spaces of the spaceport itself. Bridging the river and incorporating natural elements stayed with the project. The original watercolor on the bottom left only shows a basic relationship between the land, the water, the basic building form and the people, and yet after so many design iterations, the finished design has a remarkable resemblance.
Design documentation for a commercial/evacuation spaceport in Ishinomaki, Japan.