A centrally placed room in the protostructure with the sole purpose of observation, similar to the program of a panopticon. Surveillance that is visible both ways, visible to the outside and to the users of the other parts of the protostructure. This observational element is inspired by the window frames of both our Double Element projects.
In our Double Element projects (both bed-window), the importance of modifying the view of the element user was apparent. In one case, the user was forced to look in a single direction through a thick and heavy window. In the other case, the user could modify the position of two windows to ensure constant, unobstructed surveillance of two specific areas. In (almost) every observational case, the eye of the observer is used. We therefore thought about a general observation state which englobes all specific forms of observation varying from security to observatories, microscopy, photography, etc. The main idea that came from such a train of thought is the creation of a room that is the organ that observes - an eye.
The first thing that comes to mind is a giant floating eye, or some sort of monster with a single eye in the center of its forehead, as it is written in mythological texts. There are of course several examples of such beings, ranging from modern videogames, to old pre-historic texts. There is however a difficulty in articulating a room generated by such an idea.
A possible articulation would be to analyze the human eye and "disassemble" it into various components. The optical construction found within the human eye is essentially an apochromatic triplet meaning that there are three optical elements. In our first model, we therefore made three window frames to constitute these three elements. Of course, the eye can turn around so there is a pivot point implemented in the sketch model.
"The light entering the eye first passes through the cornea (refractive index n~1.38), ~0.5mm thin negative meniscus of ~7.8/6.5mm radii. Anterior chamber, between cornea and the eye lens is filled with aqueous humour, watery fluid with n~1.33. [...] The eye lens is bi-convex, made of thousands of roughly concentric layers, with refractive index from ~1.38 in the center to ~1.41 at the edges."
This evidently isn't a room. In fact, it would be a pretty good Double Element project. Not only that, but a monoculus cannot ensure full 360 degree observation. There is however another kind of eye: the insect eye. For every photosensitive cell, there is a microlens. Such a system allows for much larger viewing angles, and the geometric shape is a great base for shaping a unique room. The second sketch model demonstrates this divulgation.
DRAWINGS OF THE PROTOSTRUCTURE