Soms Atoll / Radical Craft

Radical Craft was awarded third for their proposal Soms Atoll for the World Sustainability Center (one of the winning proposals by KOW was previously featured on AD). For the project, the architects questioned the possibility of the World Sustainability Centre in Friesland creating a new interpretation of the relationship between the man-made and the natural.

More about the proposal after the break.

The Soms Atoll operates at the scale of its context, becoming a destination landscape unto itself. The building creates a condition where man interacts intimately with the cycles of nature by asking the public and specialists to anticipate and respond to the environment on a daily, hourly basis.  For instance, the Soms Atoll offers picture perfect silhouettes on the Waddenzee yet visitors may need to walk through the waters of high tide to cross the land bridge.  Some may wait to see the perfect crescent of the lagoon form in the Atoll while others may be more interested in the tidal pools once the lagoon recedes.  However, for all who visit, no matter their destination, they must start to align their desires with the rhythm of nature’s cycles.

The same terrain would be used for a variety of different activities as the tidal flats create the perfect location for gathering mussels, flying kites, riding bike or other activities more specific to the area while the open terrain also provides space where scientists and specialists could test and monitor new techniques for permaculture developments, water purification and desalinization, blue energy systems, and other green technologies.

Radical Craft / Joshua G. Stein

Soms Atoll Project Team:

Thurman Grant, Architect

Lisa Hollywood

Darius Woo

Jaclyn Thomforde

Hiroyuki Sugiyama

Yvette Escalante

Lisa Nesterova

Project:    Soms Atoll  - World Sustainability Centre

Location:  Afsluitdijk, Netherlands

Designer: Radical Craft / Joshua G. Stein

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Soms Atoll / Radical Craft" 03 Dec 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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