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Atmosphere & Climate Research Centre, Keilder

Part 2 Project 2006
Kevin Fraser
University of Huddersfield, UK
The Atmospheric Observation Facility is designed to explore new relationships between architecture and the landscape, as well as being a base to educate, inform and analyse the effects of our changing climate. Split into two distinct uses, the buildings sweeping central ‘chasm’ flows into and out of the hillside, encouraging user movement through the scheme. The central giant sphere, a hub for education, becomes the focal point against the forest backdrop; the intense space created beneath marks the point of entry into the visitor spaces. The architecture mediates between new public space and existing rural landscape; the relationship between internal and external space is constantly explored as one circulates through the building.
Kevin Fraser


Melding Architecture and Landscape, forged from furrowed lines, and revealing objects as celebratory archaeological finds. The design distincts the realms of research from the visitor facilities, organised along a architectural promenade heightening the experience of discovery of within its remote location.

Kevin's work is comprehensively researched, highly sophisticated, contextual, narrative, and both strident and sensitive. Kevin achieved a Diploma in Architecture with Distinction, being Commended in both his Dissertation and Design Thesis work.

2006
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