In June 2016 a political majority in the Danish Parliament agreed on the largest military arms investment in Danish history, to replace the old F16 Air Force Strikers with 27 new Lockheed Martin F35 Joint Strike Fighters.
The Air Force Base in Skrydstrup, in Southern Denmark, is where the F16 Fighters are stationed today and will continue to be the central base for 22 of the 27 F35 Joint Strike Fighters. The new Fighters are not only more advanced in their technology but are also bigger in size and weight and are therefore equipped with an engine that has nearly twice the power. The future reality for the local area, nearby cities and neighbors is one of invading disturbance. However there are also positive ramifications of this large investment, such as the industrial and occupational injection to the area and the Danish industry, and also the factor of Attraction that the F35s posses can evolve favorably for the city and the region.
The scope of this project investigates how new activities, linked to the activity of the Strike Fighters, can expose hidden potential in the context of Skrydstrup, recognizing the F35 disturbance as a catalyst.
A Sound Barrier is broken when a large increase in the force opposing a moving object reaches the speed at which sound travels.
My notion of the Sound Barrier is interpreted so, the force (of Skrydstrup Air Base) is continuously increasing and will reach and exceed the speed at which the city of Skrydstrup travels with the implementation of the new F35 Strike Fighters. This will create an explosion (or a sonic boom) of opportunity and despair that hold the potential of both beneficial development but also devastation.
So, the project deals with how architecture can embrace the evident challenges posed by the Strike Fighters, respond to the issues emerging with the implementation of the F35s and benefit from the ramifications?