suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
spuybroek studio: Purely out of habit in architecture we make the distinction between necessity and beauty, generally known as structure and ornament. Alberti always emphasized this opposition between structure and ornament: first architects design the structural, geometric system, then it needs to be beautified with organic features. However, when we study the carpets of William Morris we see the reverse.
Ornament (tendrils and vines) has acquired the capacity to interlace, to weave and to form knots similar to the Celtic knotwork of the first millennium. For architects, who for more than a century have been caught in the gap between the schools of the Polytechnique and the Beaux-Arts such knowledge is indispensable: the world of beauty and vision suddenly becomes part of that of structure and making. In our Tangle Jungle we have used Morrisian algorithms of interlacing to create a three-dimensional system that goes beyond the world of surfaces and drapery and to become an architectural structure itself.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
ss: William Morris
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
ss: A lot of trance and progressive house music…Definitely boosted the production phase!
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
ss: It’s a really long list…Among many I can highlight Neri Oxman and Marc Fornes.
Instructors | Lars Spuybroek & Sabri Gokmen
Student Team | Katherine Dunatov, Mike Bennett, Aaron Coffman, Abaan Ali, Zach Brown, Katherine Giraldo, Amyn Soldier, Yinzi Tan
Many thanks to the enthusiastic student team and to the people who came to visit the exhibition.
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