Aurorium, the architecture of a phenomenon
Gordon, Timothy Brooks
Master of Architecture
Wading through the knee-deep snow, the air is cold, stinging your cheeks and sharpening the world around you to a crystalline clarity. Far from the artificial lights of human habitation, the night becomes subtly illuminated by colors cast across the pristine canvas of snow. You wait breathlessly and are rewarded by a dance of light that surpasses the imagination. The auroral phenomenon seems at first incomprehensible and chaotic, but is upon further study interwoven with a complex collection of patterns and is itself merely the tip of an even larger system. Beginning with an examination of the viewers' connection to the phenomena, filtered through his or her personal context within the relationship of ground, horizon and sky. The design of the Aurorium derives from an exploration of how space can physically modulate and emphasize the viewers understanding and experience while maintaining the inherent mystery of the phenomenon itself.