Auspicium

Auspicium

Student Author: 
Christopher Chan & Kirsten Sheppard
Date: 
June 2015
Supervisor(s): 
Maya Przybylski

This is a proposal for a bird watching tower that highlights the moments specific to Rattlesnake Point, a harbour for migratory and year-round birds. The Niagara escarpment that runs along the cliff side is paramount in the construction of the tower, along with the views it creates to watch the native birds. As we encroach on their habitat, the utmost concern is given tot he environment. We strive to change the conversation of the relationship between the bird and the watcher to create a site embedded int he forest typology. The building is wedged in a crevice of the cliff side, and is lightly anchored back to the surface of the rock. The building is wedged in a crevice of the cliff side, and is lightly anchored back to the surface of the rock. The building extends vertically and creates a typology of the different views in the site. In order to blend into this atmosphere without disturbance, newly designed green panels with native and bird friendly plant species are placed in strategic places along the perches to facilitate a co-existence plane for the birds and watchers.

Four types of birdwatching are analyzed and are taken into consideration in the design of the tower. Places of moment and pause are created for all types of watchers to sleep, watch and meditate while visiting the birds nesting and eating grounds. By creating a co-existing structure, the watchers get the optimum viewing experience, while conversing to other watchers of their unique experiences.