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  • Cellular Complexity

    Cellular Complexity
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    NYC CASINO/CONVENTION CENTER COMPETITION
    Second Place — $800

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:

    kais AL-RAWI, julia KOERNER, & marie BOLTENSTERN: This project demonstrates research and development of a single architectural system that addresses through its variation architectural conditions within an urban context, containing diverse programmatic changes. The variations are created through the use of efficient closest packing geometries within a cellular system that varies in gradients of size, porosity, thickness and layers.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?:
    kA-L, jK, & mB: Cellular systems, sponges, corals, all kinds of porous structures! Emergent Technologies and Design Postgraduate Program at the Architectural Association London, UK.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    kA-L, jK, & mB: Listening to Nico Pusch! Reading AD, and Cellular Solids by Gibson & Ashby.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    kA-L, jK, & mB: Achim Menges, Neri Oxman, Marc Fornes, Morphosis, Herzog & de Meuron.

    Additional credits and links:
    [Cellular-Complexity]
    [Julia Koerner]

    JURY COMMENTS:

    craig SCOTT: The underlying ideas regarding a responsive, scripted structural porosity are compelling, and the site strategy seems promising. Yet, the tower’s overly boxy form and the lack of specificity of the casino interior seem like missed opportunities. Curiously, the spacemaking potential of the designer’s “3-D sphere packing” and “3D voronoi based on pores” is not very present other than as a gradated space frame of sorts—particularly not as a habitable condition, at least not as it is currently rendered and drawn in section.

    marcelo SPINA: This is a very interesting project at the level of the research that it presents. The approach at the problem of packing and cellular partition is very rigorous and deserves to be mentioned. However, given the manifest cellular interest on the part of the authors, the overall deployment of the project falls very much within the morphodynamic “flow”-like genre, one which this site has seen before in excellent projects such as West Side Convergence by Reiser+Umemoto. It seems that if the research is pursued seriously, not only at the level of research but also in its architectural design application, one would have to seriously consider issues of scale of components in relation to size of the whole, apses of multi directionality very much found in any cellular system, and the reduction of linear flow as the main feature of the project.

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