Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Panama Supercharge by BikaArchiTexture
July 31st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: BikaArchiTexture
“Panama Supercharge” is an architectural dialogue between mass and fragility, expressed as thin patterned developable surfaces out of metal sheets and heavy masses out of raw concrete. The building is adjacent to the new pair of locks at the Panama Canal, creating an environment for cruise ship passengers while they are waiting for the ship to pass the lock.
In one hour visitors move through spaces with different identities and climate zones, creating highly varied, densely packed atmospheres. Planthouses, aquariums and an exhibition inform on the astonishing biodiversity of the area surrounding the Panama Canal. One side allows for spectacular views onto the water lock, on the other side visitors take a walk into the jungle canopy. The building becomes a threshold between an industrial structure and nature.