Tidal Resonance Chamber

The Tidal Resonance Chamber at the new LEED Platinum Center for Urban Waters, located in Tacoma, Washington is primarily focused on promoting human synchronization with the natural rhythms of the Puget Sound. As the new research and analysis facility is dedicated to protecting the delicate ecosystem of the Puget Sound from industrialization, the chamber serves as an instrument to harmonize users of the facility to the rhythms of nature. Basing a submersible pump on lunar rhythms, the chamber advances and recedes in unison with the tidal conditions of Commencement Bay, as well as harbors a multitude of species specific to the large estuary of the Puget Sound.

The project becomes an experiment on human perception and nature, while also serves as conduit for the development of sustainable construction techniques. Constructed primarily of fortified Rammed-Earth the chamber’s earthen walls become the frame and instrument in which shifting water and sunlight are gauged. Users are provided a singular monolithic bench in which to sit and engage the interior dynamics of the chamber. The thick walls provide a buffer from the heavy industrial sounds of the Port of Tacoma, creating a peaceful and meditative space.

Visitors to the Center for Urban Waters, as well as researchers for the University of Washington/Tacoma and the City of Tacoma are invited into the chamber along an aluminum bar-grating platform, which hovers over the shifting water. Brought along side various glass vessels displaying water samples from the Puget Sound, users are confronted with the pollutant that threatened the delicate eco-system. Within the chamber individuals are positioned across from a glass display wall casting light upon the water that dances below their feet. Depending on the position of the sun and the moon, the chamber could be completely full or completely empty.

Situated along side various oil-refineries and lumber mills, the Center for Urban Waters is focused on establishing the seeds for sensible and sustainable industrial practices in Commencement Bay. The Tidal Resonance Chamber aims at providing a harbor for the contemplation and reflection on the manner in which human beings have utilized and manipulated the natural environment. The Chamber becomes instrument in aligning and synchronizing human perception to the natural rhythms of the planet, by way of the tides.

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