Year: 4th Year 2nd Semester
Type:Cultural, Public Space, Suburban
Program: Maritime Museum
Location: Pascagoula, MS
Scale: 35,000 sq ft
The Pascagoula Maritime Museum was to represent the Naval, cultural, and economical contributions made by the Mississippi Coastal towns. Pascagoula, MS is the Site of the Museum. It is the home to Ingels shipyard where 80 percent of US Naval fleet were built. A museum had to be conceived that honor the areas Naval contributions while highlighting coastal culture.
The Ship Building Museum is simply a square within a square in plan. The spiralling circulation is pressed next to the courtyard wall while the galleries step next to the ramps. Each gallery has a detail that allows the subject to sit and be aligned with a view to the water beyond. This window dual functions as a stand for model ships and as a light shelf to protect the artifacts.
The Fishing/Ecology Museum, the Archive/Restoration Room, the Flex Space, and the Ship Building Pavilion made up the four coastal buildings. The Ship Building Pavilion is to introduce the craft of shipbuilding to the youth. The void to house a ship is in a North South alignment with the Ship Building Museum and Ingels Ship Yard. This alignment is the convergence of past, present, and future for Mississippi Maritime Life.
Water was used as a conceptual driver for the project. The notion of submergence and emergence takes form in the approach. The concrete path brings the subject above and below the newly constructed wetland. This provides a simple sense of being above and below.