GBN
Ministry of Parks
Gabon Natural Ecosystems

Ministry of Parks

Map of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the countryMap of Gabon illustrating the 13 national parks that cover 10% of the country

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Model photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various usesModel photo of stacked and flexible visitor spaces to be programmed by the GBN Ministry of Parks for various uses
Aerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beachAerial image of the GBN Mass straddling the highway, the public plaza, and the waterfront beach
Plan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprintPlan drawing animation showing the various occupiable spaces within the triangulated GBN Ministry of Parks footprint
Model showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each forceModel showing the GBN located at the intersection of the highway, park, and neighborhood reacting to each force
Collection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional massCollection of GBN massing study models for forms that straddle the highway intersection with a single multi-functional mass
Aerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipadsAerial of the corner of the GBN model showing the layers of gardens and public spaces and the stacked ecotourism helipads
Urban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the projectUrban site plan of the GBN Ministry of Parks merging with the functions of each urban force adjacent to the project
Diagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle formDiagram animation of the various required components of the new GBN Ministry of Parks headquarters within the triangle form
Layered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forcesLayered animation showing the circulation and programs of the GBN within the massing shell created by the urban forces
Animation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parksAnimation comparing the importance of linking the National Parks with ecotourism to preserve parks
Trio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersectionTrio of elevations of the three unique facades of the triangular final form of the GBN Ministry across the intersection
Drawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersectionDrawings of the Libreville avenue masterplan and the selected site for the GBN Ministry of Parks at the intersection
Model photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of ParksModel photo of the hinge point between the helipads and the roof botanical garden of the GBN Ministry of Parks
Unrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous usesUnrolled section perspective drawing of the triangulated massing of the GBN Ministry of Parks showing the continuous uses
Back reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plazaBack reveal of the vertical circulation that ends the public museum trail of the GBN before descending back to the plaza
Animation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the cityAnimation showing how the GBN Ministry massing reacts to the various related forces of Libreville as an extension of the city
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The GBN project sites itself as this link connecting the busiest night life district and revitalized neighborhood park in the north, the largest beach front in the city to the south, and establishes the cities first large public plaza and recreation fields adjacent to the new building.
QTCT is tasked to blend these two identities onto one site—a give and take relationship between beach ambitions and urban necessities. QTCT is a sampling of two worlds: on one hand it is the embodiment of the language of the beach and on the other it is a detailed and exacting built urban space.
Seeing Park Avenue as an underutilized zone that connects four vibrant neighborhoods from 42nd Street to 144th Street, Infrastructural Infill is a study testing the potential to locate a combination of mixed-use housing and transportation in the residual spaces caused by urban infrastructure.
The YELE music studio competition, underway before the earthquake, must respond now, but plan for the future of the community. Music is relief in a time of tragedy. The goal is to meet the most basic survival needs now while leaving spaces for future growth through self sustaining phases.
University Island is a swirling shapeshifter, in both the landscape and the architecture, that offers it’s undefined field of opportunities to the students and anticipates that each will discover and produce their own individual relationship with the island and their education.
Planes, frames, and volumes are fundamentals to all assembly logics. With the proliferation of additive production methods, the possibility of volumetric prefabricated components has the potential to radically alter the way that we conceive of construction and the permanence of building parts.
The RACA project must meet two demands: A. REFLECTION (museum) or B. CONTINUATION (practice + addition). The current program and its stagnancy has left the site forgotten—it is a typical static museum on a living site. The site and addition must constantly change through the participation of people.
Utilizing built form as a strategic carrier of culture in opposition of the status quo, the Hellinikon project links the disconnected suburban mountain communities to the east with the sea to the west while splitting the Hellinikon International Airport and Olympic Park into distinct zones.

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