| Author : Fion Yim May Yan , Zi Yi Chua
| Type: Competition– Archoutloud- Nuclear Landmarker for Waste Isolation Site (WIPP)
| Project Report:
The competition is to design a marker or marker system to deter inadvertent human intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. The marker should exist as a means of passive institutional control of the site for the duration of 10,000 years, following the closure and deactivation of the WIPP. The purpose is to provide a communication towards the future generations that transuranic waste is buried within a repository at the facility, located 2,150 feet beneath its surface, and should remain isolated until the risks posed by its release have been sufficiently diminished.
To cast a marker into the landscape, Hyper-Void is rendered through assemblage of extracted signs from the underground waste repository area into a unified entity. The signs are superimposed and aggregated with different altered scales into a valid whole as a resonance with the site rather than abusing the contextual forces as direct causality and reduced outcome. Through oblique and parallel projection of the signs, they are further evoked and generated into multi layers of mega walls, laboratories, archives, streets and observatory platforms. Hyper-Void can be read as it relies on two grounds: one that ground the void and the voided ground which reinforced by the grid of street. It is constructed in a hyper-scale realm which resists direct assessment; asserts its presence as a difficult containment like a walled city and awareness from public. To exaggerate on its dense confinement properties, observatory platforms are further contained within the mega walls which connected by a loop of railway tube and two transportation channels connect with the internal grid of street for authorized personnel.