February 2019


By using the irregular pattern of a tree truck slice for our first profile, we were able to extract the logics of the organic form to further accentuate them in our second profile. However more systematically, our second asymmetric profile follows a pattern rotation of 15 degrees, with more symmetrical curves similar to that of the first profile. Beginning with straight rails to guide our first profile, we developed custom rails to create a twisting motion, similar to natural tree growth. We used the custom rails for our second and third profiles. Following the theme of asymmetry, the third profile follows a rotation logic which matches the chosen L- branching system. Quadrants are dissected into 1, 2, and 4 segments with sharper curves to appear less organic or ‘man-made.’ Applying the twisting motion of our custom rails, the third profile generated a sharp, glitch-like aesthetic, accentuating the synthetic or “man-made” concept.

The branching type used for our bifurcating system was the L-system. Recursion allows our branching to grow self-symmetrically, from a simple bisect into a more complex fractal branching system. “Lindenmayer systems are also popular in the generation of artificial life.” This is the seed of our design concept. A progression from organic to man-made… the transformation or replication of logic taken from nature and re-used in a man-made construction method.

The branching system is used as a massive support system which also drives the section of the building by separating the levels within the branching strategy. Walkable bridges were created between each support. As elevated pedestrian walkways which links the outside of the building with inside.The link between the skylights and the support system was crucial for the design concept of mimicking nature. The ceiling is a perforated surface with six circular skylights. These skylights indicate the location of the use of supports.

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