NUCLEAR: Landmark for a Waste Isolation Site (WIPP) International Open Ideas Competition

2017 -

Series of menacing gigantic roofs capped onto the existing structures will force humans in the future to hesitate approaching the site. Moreover, landscape patterns expanding around the site visualize the radioactive waste repository tunnels 655 meters far below underground. Those roofs made of wood need careful maintenance including cultivation of new forests in order to produce tons of timber because they should be rebuilt every 20 years following the traditional procedure of Japanese Shinto shrines. The high maintenance vigilant icons will attract tourists and prevent forgetting what the site used to be and most likely be kept safe into the future.

location New Mexico, USA
principal use landmark
total construction area 93 k㎡
structure wood