Title page for ETD etd-01112008-171637

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hunsaker, Gregory Brent
Author's Email Address HunsakerDesign@aol.com
URN etd-01112008-171637
Title Auspicium Aevum
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Holt, Jaan Committee Chair
Brown, William W. Committee Member
Ritter, James William Committee Member
  • Timelessness
  • Aquarium
Date of Defense 1991-07-24
Availability unrestricted
The creation of a place of refuge amid chaos. To

create a place that answers the question, “why are we


The definition of a place between the sacred and the


The complexity of the city will foster an oasis: the

serenity of order.

In acknowledgement of complexity, simplify.

After all, architecture is the theatre wherein the drama

of life unfolds.

The city will enter the building, and the building will

never turn its back on the city. The sea will enter the

city through the building, as the city will enter the

sea… Neither is static. This is life of the highest order.

Memory and anticipation will part to yield a

performance of the present.

This proposal is an effort to reintroduce a humanfriendly

scale to an urban edge, embracing the life of

the water bodies, and giving direction, identity, and

thus purpose (to the human, the city and the sea)

through architectural celebration.

The site determined a set of environmental and

planning issues asking for resolution through

architectural intervention. The decision to make an

aquarium derived from the questions asked by the

existing conditions.

An initial subtractive formal treatment of the site (to

bring the river inward during high tide) and the

reconciliation of this with an additive formal language of

the building became a point of departure. The

synthesis of form was to be organized as a linear

progression through a series of experiences delineating

a walk from land to sea.

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