suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
dave PIGRAM: trabeculae is the result of re-imagining the central atrium office tower. replacing the traditional operation of repetitive extrusion, a heliotropic branching system actively seeks out those areas within the zoning envelope with greatest access to daylight. forking and swelling in response to varying light conditions the atrium is thus conceived as a site-specific network that traverses intelligently and freely from one facade to another. the atrium becomes the defining element of differentiation within otherwise normative floorplates while maintaining efficient floorspace ratios.
within the atrium a second order proliferation of the same system at a finer scale develops a structural meshwork – the trabeculae. the swellings and coagulations of this topologically free structural network-within-a-network accommodate meeting & function rooms, bridges and communication stairs as well as supporting the atriums glazing. an instantiation of the proto-synthesis algorithm this project embraces the specific heterogeneity of a given scenario and points towards the possibility of architectural speciation.