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The vault serves to protect and conserve the five climate zones of Brazil, and their respective flora, fauna and geology. As global climate adjusts, the zones that epitomize Brazilian culture will be undeniably affected. Through structure that behaves as active water transport, our vault will enable the preservation of these climate zones, establishing them as active monumental experiences, despite potential destruction from the global climate at large.

There is an incessant processional quality en route to the historic Fiscal Island. From the city, one must advance to a larger Naval Island and from this island one can then progress along a narrow land bridge, our intended site, to the final destination of the Ilha Fiscal. The vault highlights the climates in a similar processional quality, from least humid to most humid and then back to least, with support in the elevation. The vault mediates the tension between nodal qualities of conservatories and necessary structure of our water modules, especially in regard to the narrow site. 

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These conservatories are also in tension with the built in redundancies of the X module, and the structural modules respond to the pull of the conservatories to support them, as they break free from the confining path.

Intervening on the cruise ship as an introductory exercise, we initiated our interest in cellular objects that pierce through, and depend on a consistent structural network. We find the relationship between the structure and cellular object to be a productive restraint, creating tension that is selectively heightened when the cellular object breaks free

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Doomsday Vault: Conserving Brazilian Climate and Culture
Julie Larsen, APTUM | Spring of 2015
2 weeks research, 3 weeks design/production
Design Collaboration with Jacob Schulman (plans produced by JS)