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PURE PRESENCE 

THE CARIBTECTURE RESEARCH CENTER

YEAR FOUR, SEMESTER TWO, CARIBBEAN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE.

TUTOR: ARCHITECT OMARI WRIGHT

This Project has won:

  • Best Final Design Studio Project (Academic Year 2021-2022) - Caribbean School of Architecture, Award for Best Final Design Studio Project Award for 4th Year in the Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies.

The Caribtecture Research Center aims to be a home for Architects, designers, and artists from around the Caribbean, where architectural history, design, and heritage are celebrated and recorded. A study that is of great value but currently lacking within the region. The Caribtecture Research Center aims to become a home for this initiative.

The design concept "the Caribbean town square" (or square, plaza, public square, city square, urban square, or piazza) this is an open public space commonly found in the heart of a traditional town but not necessarily a true geometric square, it is used for community gatherings. Town Squares were very prevalent in Montego Bay’s History. Concept application: the creation of various volumes and spaces which dance around to a similar circulation pattern, moving upwards around the square's green heart. 

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 Perspective along Jimmy Cliff Boulevard 

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Conceptual Diagram

Site Plan

Location

The site is located along Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, Montego Bay, St.James, Jamaica. 

This area is home to many tourist-oriented areas. The site boundary includes Jimmy Cliff Blvd. a major vehicular and pedestrian strip; with the beachfront opposite the strip. Buildings on the right (south) and left (north) are existing commercial buildings and a newly built Modern Art Museum. The backside of the site is elevated about 10 meters and is home to a raised parking lot.

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Front Elevation along Jimmy Cliff Blvd.

Site Section, looking South along Jimmy Cliff Blvd. 

Concept Sketch                                Design Evolution 

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Central Green Space | Green Square 

which aids Montego Bay in the addition of green spaces.

 

Addressing the challenges posed by the Climatic elements led to the implementation of a climatic screen. Inspired by the combination of Tropical Palms and Modern Carnival Custom Design.

 

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PROGRAM

3rd & 4th Floors

Design Studio Incubators 

Roof Installation (Art Gallery)

2nd Floor

Archive Level 2

Exhibit Space- Architectural Designs

Library Level 2

1st Floor

Archive Level 1

Lecture Hall

Research Room

Ground Floor

Caribtecture Bookshop

GreenHeart Cafe

GreenHeart Park

Exhibit Space

PARKING LOT + EXHIBIT SPACE + PRESENTATION HALL + LIBRARY

LECTURE HALL + LOBBY + LIBRARY | EXHIBIT SPACE

CAFÉ + LOBBY + JIMMY CLIFF BOULERVARD  

The Design

Floorplans

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the Greenspace incorporates many local plant species and tropical plants native to the Caribbean region.

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Ground floorplan                          

Entry Green Space

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Research Library

First floorplan                          

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the second floor is accessible from the raised parking lot, its entrance leads to an open Floor Exhibit Space for design and architectural presentations.

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Second floorplan                          

PARKING LOT + EXHIBIT SPACE + GREEN SPACE + LIBRARY

LECTURE HALL + GREEN SPACE +  LIBRARY

EXHIBIT AREA+  GREEN HEART + JIMMY CLIFF BOULEVARD  

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