Collaboration: Gillian Hevey and Craig Speck
"It can be hard to see something so immense alone. There were other tourists there, but I knew no one. I need to experience natural beauty with someone else. I can't share it with God, or the universe, because God is calm. The size and scope doesn't shock Him. When I'm gasping and shouting it's beautiful, He just smiles and says 'Yes, I know.' It won't do. I need someone who is just as shocked as me, who is just a young to the world, who slaps my shoulder and keeps repeating to themselves without knowing they said it before 'this cannot be real'" _ Jedidiah Jenkins
Within the realm of glaciology and the built environment; the world is changing, rapidly. We sought to understand the capability that us an individuals can promote awareness but also breathtaking architecture. The Mendenhall Glacier is surveyed to no longer exist by 2100, which is in attachment to the greater northern ice field.
Along the lines of landform change, our building echoes this. During the process of a glacier melting, we are embracing the fact that it will occur and allowing our center to come apart and find its new place further north along the ice field, creating a hiking network and lookout points that were once the visitors center-- leaving an identity of what was once there.
Materials chosen: CLT, Corten steel, Concrete-- in the order of permanence. Different areas of the building also correspond thermally, while experiencing the glacier you are in a cold environment and given no other outside information. Entering the exhibit spaces-- conditioned with exposed mineral wool for easy deconstruction and literal understanding of difference.
Steel and concrete lookout spaces are left to nature at this point, stating that there is purpose and circulation, but no identified program. The views of the glacier moving are better viewed along existing and proposed trails by 2060.
The entire Juneau icefield is projected to disappear and the steel pavilion also is taken out of its primary space to then follow with the lookouts. Network trails and lookouts will continue to exist for as long as they can in relation to their need.