Jordan Devenny 2020
Space Research Centre
Imagining a life for Aberdeen in a post-oil economy, the project runs with the concept that interplanetary travel has become a success in the near future. It is important that Aberdeen ventures into new realms in order to survive, and I believe that Aberdeen has the potential to be the home of a facility with a focus on the growing area of research; space. The project is intended to act as a science hub, where a mix of staff, students, and public can interact and learn through a series of unique spaces.
The facility’s research will be focused on advancing technology that can allow for a self-sufficient life on other planets, through large scale testing and simulation. This will include the research of hydroponic farming as a sustainable food source, and a world’s first terraforming lab that simulates the atmosphere on Mars to test plant growth and geoengineering to create a more habitable Earth-like planet. These sciences can also have the benefit of solving issues on Earth such as reforestation to help with carbon emissions, terraforming our own deserts to lower the planet temperature, and tackling the food shortage crisis with hydroponics.
Due to its building type, efficiency has been key in its design, this becomes apparent through the building layout in which each function is derived into its own space to create the most efficient layout possible. Only what is essential is used to create the structure to create an efficient building system, with structural techniques such as geodesic forms to create large spanning structures with minimum material. The facility incorporates methods of energy saving design, such as a mesh facade that reduces solar gain in summer months, a tall atrium that creates a stack effect, and a rainwater collection system in the roof.