suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
joey SARAFIAN: This design for a research institute in Downtown Los Angeles (where Grand Ave meets the 101 Freeway) looks at an operable skin with pyramidal apertures that open and close due to proximity to freeway noise and solar gain. The result featured a skin that becomes aware of its surroundings, and can perpetually adapt to them. The project site is adjacent to varying freeway noise depending on the amount of traffic, which will also influence the skin.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jS: The inspiration for this design came from a study of human skin as an ideal surface of adaptive porosity based on specific needs. Michael Sun, Erick Prins, and Mohammed Albesharah also helped inspire this project.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jS: I was reading Manuel De Landa, A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History, listening to Muse, and watching Intensive Fields 2009 all at the same time.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jS: Antoni Gaudi, Zaha Hadid, Herzog and de Meuron, and Michael Sun
Special thanks to Roland Wahlroos-Ritter.