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  • Granular Spa Haus

    Granular Spa Haus
    philadelphia PENNSYLVANIA

    University of Pennsylvania School of Design
    critic: Matias DEL CAMPO

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Michael ISKANDAR: This project continues to investigate the architectural conditions of symmetries and repetitions, in what became my own personal fixation on how the future can accept a more contemporary means of gothic architecture. Taking the affect and geometric principles of traditional gothic vault patterns, the project manifests itself in how external facade systems can convey an internal organizational logic that is both culturally functional and beautifully new.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    MI: I was inspired by an open mind and curiosity for granular composites, gothic patterns, Manuel DeLanda, the machinic phylum, Semper and Deleuze, hammam baths, morphogenesis, and computational design.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    MI: Various theories by Gottfried Semper and Gilles Deleuze. Along the way I picked up several articles relating to hammam baths, Vienna housing, and ant swarm theory.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    MI: Morphosis, Greg Lynn, Bjarke Ingels.

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