FORAM by BART//BRATKE & studioDE

FORAM by BART//BRATKE & studioDEImage courtesy of BART//BRATKE

FORAM by BART//BRATKE & studioDE

FORAM designed by BART//BRATKE in collaboration with studioDE, borrows its name from the amoebae foraminifera, a marine organism that can be found in brackish, freshwater and even terrestrial habitats, producing snail shaped shells that grow with the organism. FORAM is a self-sufficient, modular swimming raft-pavilion, equipped with water purification technologies and a solar pond as a clean energy generator to foster coast farming and build an artificial reef of clean water plants in front of Santa Monica bay, therefore explaining modern and ecological purification processes and natural energy generation in one art experience.

 

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The organism is designed to have carbon-zero emissions, purifying drinking water and collection energy via the principle of the solar pond. The raft consists of two major parts: On one hand the floating raft itself. Its scenography animates the debate on the water future into four thematic areas that provide spaces for urban farming, dedicated learning area, an eatery with self-grown food and a water bar at the gravity center where floating platform and performative roof canopy meet each other. On the other hand, the roof structure consists of 3 elevated tanks, at the top of the canopy, that purify water via direct desalination that gets distributed via a network of transparent tubes and collected at the bottom of the raft.

 

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FORAM provides a new relaxation and chill out spot in front off the coast of Santa Monica. The pavilion metamorphoses into a fog cloud with evanescent contour of its own inside using sound, smell and media projection to attract its users at nighttime, providing a platform for resident artists and a spectacular and fun offshore entertainment program. FORAM’s water core becomes the fireplace of the 21st century, providing an interesting space, where people gather, meet and interact with each other.

 

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