DUNGENESS SPIT SITE DIAGRAM distances and durations of site/program experience
DUNGENESS SPIT HOSPICE SEQUIM_WASHINGTON
The Dungeness Spit is located on the north-western tip of Washington State. It is currently the largest spit formation in the United States (5.5 miles). A spit land formation is the geomorphological event caused by waves hitting the shore at oblique angles. This event is followed by deposition ultimately causing the formation. The spit offers a unique variety of phenomenological experiences related to air and water; two elements that begin to describe human existence.During a brief visit to the Dungeness Spit, evidence of air and water had made its presence known through a series of bodily experiences. The senses became extraverted and the mind relaxed. The dull roar of incoming waves, followed by their whisphering departure focused the mind on rhythms of breath, movement, and life. The conceptual basis for this project aims to simplify ‘being’ and ‘living’ in order to appreciate these phenomenological experiences. Palliative care in the form of a hospice program was chosen to further investigate the concept and site. The investigation led to a series of comparisons between the vestige of waves and humans. The waves contribute energy to the spit, carrying thousands of tons of sediment annually. People contribute energy and time to the ones that surround them during a lifetime. These instances are arguably only moments, unlike the evidence which continues to perpetuate through time. As the project matured, the emphasis became more about the surrounding environment and less about the prominence of the architecture. Focus on form was replaced with attention to light, air, and sounds eminating from the site.
NEW DUNGENESS LIGHTHOUSE (1857) Nearest city: Sequim, Washington Coordinates: 48°10 56 N 123°6 17 W Area: 8 acres (3.2 ha) Built: 1857 Architect: Smith, Isaac; Young, Ammi B. Architectural style: Mid 19th Century Revival Governing body: COAST GUARD
TIME IN PLACE
Waves are the way we live our lives, leaving behind only traces of the energy we once shared with those around us.
“Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.” - Ovid
[ARRIVE AT INDIVIDUAL ROOM(s) WALK TO LAST ROOM: DISTANCE= 550’ - 0” TIME= 3.75min
[ARRIVE AT RECEPTION ROOM] DUNGENESS LIGHTHOUSE, 1856(constructed)
WALK TO DINING/LIVING ROOM: DISTANCE= 170’ - 6” TIME= 1.40min
[ARRIVE AT HOSPICE PIER] WALK TO RECEPTION: DISTANCE= 200’-8” TIME= 1.60min
SCALE OF PLACE_
COMPOSITE MAP OF DUNGENESS SPIT || [1855 - 1985]
[ARRIVE AT DEPARTURE DOCK w/ FAMILY] BOAT COMMUTE: DISTANCE= 2.6mi TO ARRIVAL PIER TIME= 15min COMMUTE [FAMILY SHORTSTAY FACILITY/ACCOMODATIONS] FLOOD AND EBB TIDAL CURRENTS || DUNGENESS BAY
SEDIMENT CHARACTERISTICS || DUNGENESS BAY
DISTANCE || SITE SECTION [28,300’ - 0”] 13,197’-7”
WATER OUTLETS || DUNGENESS BAY/SEQUIM
ELEVATION/DISTANCE ILLUSTRATION || DUNGENESS BAY
DUNGENESS WILDLIFE LIFE REFUGE || DUNGENESS BAY
SITE PLAN 1” = 50’
RECEPTION PLAN 1” = 15’
DINING/LIVING ROOM PLAN 1” = 15’
DINING/LIVING ROOM PLAN 1” = 7’
TEFLON COATED FIBERGLASS MEMBRANE (GERMAN-MADE TEFLON SANDWICH LAMINATE) CREATES A LIGHT ROOF FOR THOSE POSITIONED ON THEIR BACK
THE ROOMS WERE DESIGNED TO BE THE MOST INTIMATE SPACES WITHIN THE HOSPICE PROGRAM. THE PRIMARY GOAL WAS TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE OPEN TO THE EXTERNAL, DYNAMIC ENVIRONMENT. MOST HOSPICE PATIENTS ARE UNABLE TO CARRY OUT NORMAL ROUTINES AND EXIST IN VARYING STATES OF IMMOBILITY. THROUGH SOUND, SIGHT, AND TOUCH, THESE ROOMS ATTEMPT TO CREATE A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR THE PEOPLE WHO OCCUPY THEM; A RESTING PLACE WHERE ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THE NATURAL WORLD. THE FOLLOWING DIAGRAMS TO THE [NEAR RIGHT] EXPLAIN BASIC BODY POSITIONS OF IMMOBILITY. THE DESIGN ATTEMPTS TO CATER TO THESE POSITIONS IN ORDER TO CREATE AN ACTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR A PERSON WHO NO LONGER HAS THE CAPABILITY TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE.
CANVAS || ROOF
CEDAR DECKING IS USED AS A CIRCULATION MATERIAL, GUIDING OCCUPANTS THROUGH MORE STATIC SPACES. IT CREATES A STRONG ACOUSTICAL CONTRAST WITH GRANITE
TO THE [FAR RIGHT], MATERIAL STUDIES ARE ILLUSTRATED, CHOSEN FOR REASONS SIGNIFICANT TO THE SITE, AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE WHO OCCUPY THE SPACES.
CEDAR BOARDS || FLOOR
SANDSTONE WAS CHOSEN FOR ITS COMPARABLY SMALL AGGREGATE SIZE, SIMILAR TO THAT FOUND ON THE SHORE. ITS EROSIVE NATURE CONTRASTS THE DURABILITY OF OTHER STONES
SANDSTONE || WALL
GRANITE IS FOUND ALONG THE NW WA COAST. IT REPRESENTS TIMELESSNESS AND CREATES A FEELING OF SECURITY AGAINST THE ENERGY OF THE WAVES. BODY POSITIONS || PATIENT
GRANITE || WALL
Published on Jul 7, 2012
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