This is the final project for my third year of architecture school. The project is a fish market which not only promotes the selling of fish, but ironically expresses the message from the documentary "The Cove" ([link]
). We were assigned groups with specific climate conditions in which we had to select a city to match the conditions, and from there we each chose our own sites within the city. My group was assigned an arid climate, which led us to choose Dubai.
After doing research and site analysis, I began to focus on the development of the Dubai Marina. Instead of choosing a conventional plot of land, I decided to make the 21st-24th floor of the Larkfield residential tower my site.
The buildings program includes the sellers hall, processing area, freezers, trash space, administrative offices, classrooms, a gift shop, and restrooms, and mechanical/electrical rooms.
In order to express the brutality shown in "The Cove" I added a large aquarium to the side of the Larkfield. When one steps off the elevator, they look up to see fish behind the glass of the existing facade rather than the exterior. As the inhabitants continue to walk through the threshold of the existing facade, they enter a space with the aquarium full of fish visible in front, above, and below them, as well as a spiral staircase space traveling up through the water to the 24th floor causing the inhabitant to be completely engulfed by their surroundings. Adjacent to the aquarium space is the trash, processing area, and freezers which are all visible. The juxtaposition of these spaces bring forth the realization of what is normally overlooked in a typical fish market. With this in mind, the inhabitant can choose their own view on the matter whether it be to continue to buy fish, or possibly feel a bit uneasy and rethink what they are doing in the fish market.
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