The project explores the relationship between land, water, port, marine life and people. Taking the idea of creating a place to celebrate the essence of fishing as a way of life, hence the experience of fishing, as well as the experience of being under water is central to the design.
The proposed structure emerges from Port River’s water as a vessel hurling itself out of the ground, relating itself to the Port River and thus the immense and fragile marine ecosystem and its resources. The marine experience is brought into intimate contact with the people – the multi-dimensional view of a living tank with lively creatures, the dampness, taste and smell of sea water, and the tactility of the materials and finishes.
The design attempts to capture and concretize the romantic aesthetics and experience of a deteriorating environment. The façade on North-Eastern facing side is partially transparent with the tank extends from within towards outside of the building. It is a living façade where people from the outside can have a glimpse on the process of fishing.
The interior is perceived as a single, large volume space with open floors, which embody industrial-grade materials characterized by effect of decay by the surrounding environments over time to give a sense of poetic and ethereal spaces. Light is filtered through the water, creating a dynamic and lively atmosphere.