ARC 202 - SPRING 2018
Jockey’s Ridge State Park is home to the largest collection of sand dunes in all of the Eastern United States. The specific dunes of the area are often referred to as, “The Living Dune.” Dunes themselves are structured so that a dense, clay-like core serves as general structure, while the lighter particles surrounding this core get blown from surface to surface, resembling an almost living quality. In the same way, the proposed tower uses a dense, static core, composed with the much more sand-like, kinetic quality of canvas, which creates a vertical beacon capable of adapting to and changing based off of variable conditions within the dunes. This Beacon serves as an ecological reflection for the area. In an area as unique, and almost foreign, the adaptable skin and core resemble an exhibition of ecological diversity. As we warn the future generations of the perils and turmoil that come with environmental complacency, the tower instills the essence of the dune within the user, a preserved oasis.
Winds in the area shift constantly from West to East. The skin-like sails shift towards the prevailing winds that are responsible for moving the sand from dune to dune, minimizing the effects on the inner core, and directing sand around the structure.
Circulation within the core is achieved through a central stair, with outer spaces carved into the exterior. As one moves in a circular motion, a panoramic view of exterior surroundings is achieved, while the outer skin blocks and allows views, depending upon the direction of the wind at the time. Additionally, terraced seating and viewpoints sit atop the tower, for a culminating experiential moment.