Nahele Hale takes the strands of nature and culture and weaves them to create a new design that both celebrates Hawaiian tradition and recognizes the need to adapt to new challenges under profoundly compromised conditions. By retaining the last remaining forest in Hilo’s urban core and locating our structures within it, our design seeks to open a dialogue about how to create enriched connections between people and nature that utilize wisdom from the past with new visions for the future.
The objective for this semester long group studio project was to develop a forested site, owned by the Kamehameha Schools, in the city of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii into a type of cultural welcoming center. One of the fundamental pillars of this studio project was to look to nature for inspiration for our designs through the lens of biomimicry. While I helped with all aspects of the project in some way, my main contribution was study model and final 1/4" scale model.
Biomimicry: Life’s Principles
As part of our goal to derive inspiration from the natural world, our group utilized a set of deep patterns in nature known as Life’s Principles. This approach to biomimicry was developed by the Montana-based organization Biomimicry 3.8.
Hilo Site Conditions
The forest is not perfect or pristine, but has an identity in Hilo and positive natural characteristics. What we are proposing is an integrated solution with buildings that function like trees in a forest, creating an immersive experience into both Hawaiian nautre & culture.
The based structure was based off the Renault Distribution Center designed by Norman Foster
1/4" scale model
We developed a game with rules that are designed to guide the developer to make decisions based on changing natural conditions and real life variables. The design can change each time the game is played, but game constraints based on land value, connectivity, and natural variables help guide the design to be beneficial to the forest.