University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Ferda KOLATAN
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Megan CHEUNG, Andrew GARDNER, & Yi-Ju TSENG: Science fiction is a unique genre for film as that it relies on otherworldly affects to capture the attention of the audience and scientific realities to keep them watching. It is that balance that makes the audience believe that these speculative realities are more than merely speculations, but plausible realities.
Bioluminescent algae has an unquestionable otherworldly affect, and yet we understand its existence. It is this believable otherworldliness of bioluminescent algae that MoRR seeks to harness and investigate ways to incorporate a set of highly-integrated architectural systems that responds to both global and localized formal qualities in the design. And, just as science fiction relies on a balance of science and fiction, the flows of algae throughout the museum adopt a hybridized visual language that takes on both highly organic and highly artificial qualities, visually reflecting the tension the algae system embodies in being an organic living system, but one that has been highly engineered and deliberately designed. The formal qualities of the algae flows find further meaning as they translate directly into the topological qualities of the building skin, a continuous yet articulated surface.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
MC, AG, & YT: Tom Wiscombe, Kokuggia, Ferda Kolatan, Pyrodinium Bahamense (bioluminescent algae).
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
MC, AG, & YT: Watching: Blade Runner, Tron Legacy, Avatar, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Listening to: “Greyhound,” Swedish House Mafia; “Ghosts n Stuff,” Deadmau5; Zedd.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
MC, AG, & YT: Tom Wiscombe, Zaha Hadid Architects, Morphosis, Francois Roche, THEVERYMANY, Future City Lab, Bureau Spectacular, and IK Studio.
Additional credits and links:
We would like to give additional credit to Hart Marlow for his software and design consultation.