This is the first hybrid model I created, which was a combination of all of my seashell models but mainly based on the connection collage. I loved how the term ‘connection’ symbolized a sense of infinity since it can be interpreted in so many different ways, which is why I incorporated the spiral ramp. So when it comes to moving forward and thinking about how the model can become an occupy-able space, the seashell would be a form of shelter and the chipboard could be a ramp or bridge that would lead inhabitants either to or from the space. Initially, I intentionally placed the seashell on its side to make a connection with the bay (which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean) because when you put a conch shell up to your ear you can hear the ocean, and they also come from the ocean so in a way it’s like the shell is calling out to the ocean.
The second hybrid is a further developed version of the first model, which was actually photographed on the site model for the class. In this model, I had the same concept as the first model and decided to add hierarchy. Since I am designing a school for Marine Biology the most significant part of the school will be the fish, which is why the shell takes up the majority of the space. Visualizing how this model can become a school, I can picture the aquarium running vertically through the entire building with the library located either across from it or beside it, varying in size on each floor. The shell symbolizes protection and a space for meditation since the ocean’s sounds are so soothing. The labs, classrooms, offices and atrium can be located in a separate space from the library and aquarium to keep volume and activity to a minimum.