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Cosmorama comprises an innovative research centre and museum dedicated to the study of building in extreme climates.
Its name, derived from the Greek words 'Kosmos' meaning "world" and 'Orama' meaning "scene", aptly captures the essence and objective of this endeavour. Serving as a focal point for architects and scientists alike, the structure offers a distinct and immersive educational experience that transcends physical limitations. By harnessing state-of-the-art technologies, the project seamlessly unites remote locations within one captivating space. This approach underscores the significance of faithfully representing the unspoiled magnificence of landscapes, to nurture a profound understanding and appreciation for natural environments while emphasizing the imperative of their conservation.
In alignment with this ethos, the architectural design incorporates local materials, effectively mirroring the surrounding environment and engendering a harmonious coexistence with the site. The project transcends conventional notions of a museum or research centre, assuming the character of an ever-evolving landscape in its own right.
The construction of the building itself remains true to its site, utilising local materials and construction methods. The project proposes to use oxacrete, a mineral base that can be combined with excavation waste to create a poured earth mixture.
The Antarctica Research Centre is dedicated to the meticulous development of Halley VI, by prototyping and communicating with the original research station.
The Amazon Research Centre is built around a project that was never realised, yet its design aligns with the spirit and purpose of the building. This project aimed to bring scientists together, while providing jobs for Brazilian tribes.
The Volcanic Research Station has no existing infrastructure and thus features the setup of scientists who monitor the volcanic eruptions on the Canary Archipelago. The project envisions the design and construction of this station.
Physical and digital models were created to design the appropriate construction technique. They explored the use of deployable gridshells and fabrics as formwork.