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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2008 (PC020404.07) ➔ New Aquarium Experience


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Wanlop Chantarakolkit (designer)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Peter M. Wheelwright (thesis advisor)
Margaret Maile (thesis advisor)
Enrique Peiniger (thesis advisor)
Alexa Griffith Winton (thesis advisor)




My thesis project provides an alternative lighting design solution for the New York Aquarium. Using light to interpret the experience of the aquatic world, my project will generate new experiences for visitors; expanding the comprehension and stimulating their imaginations of the aquatic world. The interpretive lighting is based on the underwater environment and researches focusing on marine life. Underwater research illustrates that the day light and bioluminescence are the only two natural light sources in the ocean. Day light mainly controls the marine environment in the ocean and divides the underwater world into zones, Euphotic, Dysphotic and Aphotic. Light penetrating the water is limited by depth and visible wavelength. The creatures also have a limited perception which relies on the daylight. Besides, creatures use the bioluminescence in variety purposes, communication, camouflage, mimicry, self defend, locating food and attracting prey. In this thesis project, the lighting environment is designed to get along with the limited perception of the exhibition interaction. The project takes the exterior plaza as a connection to access the different exhibitions. The plaza areas are zoned to correspond with the areas of the depths in the ocean. To successfully bring the audience into the marine world, the design expands to the architectural form, space, material and textures in term of controlling the brightness, surrounding sound and temperature.



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