Mesoparasite : a symbiotic affair. Design strategies that explore the parasitic habitation of Auckland Harbour Bridge as a destination in its own right
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Citation:Myburg, J. (2014). Mesoparasite : a symbiotic affair. Design strategies that explore the parasitic habitation of Auckland Harbour Bridge as a destination in its own right. An unpublished research project submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Architecture Professional Unitec Institute of Technology.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:https://hdl.handle.net/10652/2572
This project seeks to explore potential options for parasitic adaptation and habitation of unused space in a bridge structure where organic will meet infrastructure. It is a call for habitation that, looking at nature and machines for inspiration, would merge historical, existing and future elements showcased in a symbiotic addition to an iconic landmark. It is an attempt to renew old steel bones with facilities creating transit that would highlight environmental and technological concerns, cultural preservation and social interaction. Illustrated in structure, form and proportion, this project uses architecture’s remarkable capability to blend utility and beauty through a unique interpretation of behavioural strategies. The Habitable Bridge concept is used as a starting point for the examination and execution of a nature based structure, in which a multitude of urban functions are brought together. The bridge as infrastructure will be approached in an architectural challenge, pushing boundaries that will provide a new attitude in which architecture and infrastructure will be considered equal mediators in the connection to the city. Through analysis, parasitic architectural typologies will be employed to negotiate, stimulate and accommodate a symbiotic proposition on a host structure in the organic tradition. An architectural solution will be developed and introduced to adapt to the built environment of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, without affecting the stability and primary function of the structure during construction and operation. It should complement the bridge, boost the economy, create valuable real estate for the benefit of the city, and contribute to the diverse character of the City of Auckland. The symbiotic interface, between human and nature, re-evaluates the importance of nature in our built environment. This project explores the potential of reintegrating the relationship between human, architecture and nature. Includes walkway (Skywalk), cafe at sea level, restaurant above road level, 5 star Boutique Hotel, Sky bar.