PATCH DOBSON-PEREZ

2014-15 YEAR 3

MAKING BUILDINGS PRIZE 2015

2014-15

PATCH DOBSON-PEREZ  2014-15  YEAR 3

Launch Complex 34

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Located in the middle of a stretch of abandoned NASA launch sites from the glorious age of space travel. The building memorialises the Apollo I disaster in which three astronauts burned to death on this launch pad. This architectural investigation aims to preserve the memory of the astronauts on that fateful day by creating a relationship between solid and void; between substance and memory. Visitors undertake a vertical ‘pilgrimage’ up the voided tower, simulating the experience of an astronaut entering the insular world of the command module before departing Earth. The tower is constructed through a bespoke jump-forming device which is able to reconfigure to the form of each cross section of the tower with the device left as an inhabitable space at the summit of the tower and becoming a ‘relic of progress’.

Tutors: Rhys Cannon, Colin Herperger

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