In this design, the support grid frame represents the matrix of the Internet. The curved space which is contained by the grid, represents a place where the flow of Internet information is accessed by an individual. This person sits at the center of the curved space in a specially designed interactive work station, that rotates up out of the glass covered floor. The work station can also rotate around on the surface of the floor in order to allow the occupant to face in any direction.
All of the large curved panels which make up the curved space, can be automatically moved around the occupant. This is done in order to create different variations of the curved space and to accommodate different functions. Some of the curved space variations will allow the occupant to project images and sounds, from the Internet or directly from the main computer, onto any or all of the surrounding curved panels. Some of these panels would allow the images and sounds to be viewed by others, when they are projected on the exterior of the panels.
The center core of the curved space can be completely closed, or completely open, or many variations in between. This structure can be thought of as kind of a symbolic temple to the computer age, and more specifically to the Internet and it’s relationship to the people who interact with it.
The Internet Observatory would have it’s own web site, through which people could visit the structure in real time and interact with it in various ways; selecting images and sounds to be projected, moving panels, etc. There could be many of these structures around the world. They could be publicly or privately owned. The structures could communicate with each other in various ways, as they interact with their occupants.
Web-Port is a conceptual design proposal for a special place in which to explore the wonders of the Internet. The white frame symbolically represents the architecture of the Internet. The orange spheres represent the flow of information through the Internet.
The white sphere in the center of the frame is a fully immersive virtual reality space through which the visitor can surf the net.