This architectural design thesis explores how the cycles of families and seasons govern design and adaptive functionality of a dwelling. The project is designed to adapt to suit real time needs of its occupants as mandated by family situation, weather, or other circumstances.
In the 1800's, Superior and Duluth (Minnesota) quickly grew with the rise of shipping along the Great Lakes. The twin port cities were a gateway for eastern U.S. cities and even international countries to reach the heart of the Midwest through water. As a result, several industries boomed, one of which was iron-ore. The process involves mining this iron-ore in the region, transportation via train, then a transfer to a large lake freighter which then takes the iron-ore to other ports along the Great Lakes.
The dock (1860' x 60') has been abandoned and out of service since 1970. Large concrete columns remain structurally sound while the steel hoppers and tracks above are slowly decaying because of low maintenance. Several docks like this one are scattered along the lakes and have been an integral part in each host-city's development.
This thesis proposes an alternative solution to dismantling this iconic structure with an adaptable residential dwelling that responds to user and environmental changes.
Programs used: Revit Architecture 2011, AutoCAD 2011, Adobe InDesign CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Illustrator CS5