University of Technology
critic: Manfred BERTHOLD
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Herwig SCHERABON: Ichneumonid is a project about species mutation and insect morphology as an approach to architectural typology. It deals with the deconstruction and subversion of remnants from second world war. The design is based on insectoid aesthetics and entomological analysis of ichneumonidae, a parasitic wasp that affects its host by seeding eggs into the hosts body. The worms, that eclose from the eggs, break through the hosts skin and pupate on it. The architectural equivalent would be a parasitic building that grows from the inside of an existing building.
The “eggs” are a set of industrial robots which produce the prefab elements that are used for growth. The “host,” in this case, is an old silo at an abandoned harbor in Vienna that was built during Third Reich. The parasite subversively infiltrates this piece of shady history, deconstructs it and adds a new component or function to it.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
HS: Manfred Berthold, Lebbeus Woods, Hansruedi Giger, entomology, ornithology illustrations
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
HS: Reading Lebbeus Woods, War and Architecture; Prusinkiewicz and Lindenmayer, The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants; F. M. Dostoyevsky, The Idiot. Listening to Ben Frost, Pleq, Tim Hecker, Fennesz, Extrawelt, Nicolas Jaar, Alva Noto. Watching How I Ended This Summer, The Mill and the Cross, Drive, eXistenZ.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
HS: Asymptote, soma Architecture, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Zweiform, Kokkugia, SPAN, X-Atelier, Moh Architects.
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