Undulate: Norman/Moore Resiliency Education And Architectural Learning (REAL) Center
This project was a submittal for the COTE Competition through AIA and ACSA.
Undulate is a space for people of the community to learn about sustainable materials and view sustainable artist’s and architects works. The building provides spaces such as: classrooms, lounge areas, a primary and secondary display gallery, conference room, and an occupiable green roof. The site is located between Norman, OK and Moore, OK. The existing site is heavily wooded, in a floodplain, and very susceptible to tornadoes; because of this, the secondary gallery also acts as a tornado shelter with a separate structure and can be sealed off from the rest of the building. The storm shelter will be available to all members of the public in times of need. The intention of this design is to orient the building in order to daylight successfully, use passive systems to shade the southern face and allow only indirect, diffused light to enter into the gallery spaces. The wooden, undulating, exterior wall serves as a sacrificial layer of the building. It shades the south face, interacts with shading devices, provides a path to the entrance, and creates a courtyard between this structure and the building. The apertures that connect the two structures control the amount southern sun entering into the gallery space.