Capitol Complex, Federated States of Micronesia
The goal: Create a “culturally significant” design. Homework was the key. AHL conducted a study, interviewing residents on four islands regarding their perception of important visual cultural symbols. These symbols were then integrated throughout the complex. The importance of “Micronesian space” is central to the design, providing natural ventilation, day lighting and long covered walkways with broad roof overhangs for protection from the tropical environment. The layout of the individual buildings, with a circular congress hall, integrates the strong cultural tradition of a consensus system for decision-making.
- AIA-Honolulu Merit Award