Steven Graves

THE MARITIME GRAVEYARD | Stockholm, Sweden | Unit 21 | 2017

The maritime graveyard is based in Stockholm’s fragmented archipelago, a landscape built up of islands and rock outcrops. The building acts as a museum displaying otherwise lost maritime artefacts that are submerged beneath the Baltic Sea. The project aims to salvage these treasures that hold an important position in the countries maritime history. These boats that are currently polluting the delicate environment by spilling oil and toxic gasses into the maritime environment, are to be exhibited in a dynamic and responsive building that perpetually changes. The building is carved into the landscape creating a subterranean space which is continuously adapting in response to its surrounding environment. Movement of components within the architecture empowers the artefacts and creates a strong connection to Stockholm. Exposing subterranean galleries to the surrounding environment and creating constantly changing internal environments aim to critique the notion of a museum as a closed off cultural destination by creating a dynamic architecture responsive to its surroundings. This museum aims to question the notion of a museum as a civic monument and critique the way cultural destinations can become disconnected from their localities. This proposal will therefore act as a piece of social infrastructure that dynamically changes and exposes itself to its surrounding, based on the external environment.
Solar tracking device, this apparatus takes directional light readings and translates the changes in light into movement within the architecture.
 This concept is integrated within the. Maritime graveyard. This movement dynamically adapts the space inside to empower the artefacts and activate certain parts of the architecture. The spatial tension inside the subterranean space perpetually changes in response to the environment.

 

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