solus4: marine research centre, bali solus4: marine research centre, bali
oct 18, 2010

solus4: marine research centre, bali

marine research center in bali, indonesia by solus4 all images courtesy tangram 3DS LLC

the recent international design competition for a marine research center in bali, indonesia gave firm solus4 an opportunity to study and architecturally interpret the structure of tsunami waves. the competition, co-sponsored by arquitectum and universitas pelita harapan in indonesia, sought to address the need for tsunami research and preparation in response to the devastation caused by the 2004 indian ocean earthquake and tsunami.

the 2500 square meter marine research center would be located 150 meters off shore from the of kuta beach. it is an imposing fluid structure that seamlessly adapts to its natural aquatic environment and allows visitors and scientist to have a direct visual connection to the exterior. the program which consists of research labs, bedrooms for scientist, seawater pool, aquatic garden library and an auditorium would be distributed under and over the surface of the sea.

the solus4 design team sought to understand the wave dynamics and the resulting wave force patterns that are generated as tsunami waves are created and radiate out from an epicenter. the wave forces, when translated to linear patterns, inform the shapes that are integrated into the building form and result in patterns that seem to be born of the sea. building forms are then used to respond to the programmatic requirements of the facility for both on-board scientists and the interested visitor.

in keeping with the nature of the universal ocean, the project is intended to be wholly energy efficient. large glass-based panels form the skin – both transparent and opaque as well as embedded PV cells. the close in to shore location allows for tidal/current generators to serve the power requirements. rainwater collection and seawater conversion systems take care of the domestic water requirements. deeper source seawater is circulated through the skin for radiant cooling and temperature control of the overall anthropomorphic shape.

the unique shapes and programmatic requirements would serve as an icon for scientific study and tourism in this location.

  • Is this really so nice?

    hmhm says:
  • ecological? Looks very beautiful but I imagine there would have to be a lot of plastic in it.

    Dr. Design says:
  • great architecture!

    metaphisique says:
  • magnifique!!!!!

    sarbast sewkany says:
  • That is the most inspiring building I have seen for quite some time.

    Hugo Gatsby says:
  • Intriguing. We should await the tank-testing, while tsunamis and supertyphoon-size waves are simulated. The structure is oriented offshore but big waves will cause large volumes of water to recede from the shore. And can those giant glass viewing ports be built to sustain 200 mph gusts, with which Megi is now buffeting the Philippines?

    Tom P says:
  • This building is so out of place in Bali. Maybe in Antartica I would say Ok.

    airborn says:
  • they should clean the rubbish first and address water quality issues before building this thing. all tourist would see would be plastic and turds floating by. the reefs there are already seriously impacted and now they are going to build this on top? please get real

    Gmo says:
  • This is a really cool looking thing. I would hate to see it off the coast of Bali. If you have ever been to Bali, you would feel the same way as I do.

    andrea says:
  • whether or not it’s a nice concept, or whether or not it’s ecological in any way is a mute point. I guarantee, it will never be built.

    the client will see the cost estimate for construction, and that will be the end of the project.

    xcarlx says:
  • Is this a tsunami research center that would not withstand a tsunami?

    Zach says:
  • hi, i am doing my thesis in my studies about the aqua marine reasearch center in Karnathaka, India , can any one help me about this

    MATHANKUMAR.M says:

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