Washington University in St. Louis
critic: Pablo MOYANO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Nash WATERS: The project was initiated by looking at the geometry and climatic response of natural systems to build formal and operative logics. The natural landscape was studied in terms of topography, climate, and material conditions, both analytically through their microclimates and expressively in a response to their horizons.
By studying the biological conditions of foliose lichen, the project was able to utilize various characteristics in order to become a performative structure that is integrated into the landscape. The openings vary in size and thickness on each directional side, optimizing conditions for natural lighting, ventilation, and solar heat gain.
The program of the environmental laboratory is located on a continuous mobius loop. This aspect of the circulation allows for maximum convergence and collaboration between disciplines.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
NW: The intricacies of the microscopic scale of the foliose lichen—there was an urge to inhabit the space within. In addition, the lichen’s ability to absorb its environment and truly become integrated into the landscape.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
NW: Listening to Explosions in the Sky and The Temper Trap.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
NW: LATERAL OFFICE.
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