Architectural Association, Design Research Laboratory (DRL)
critics: Patrik SCHUMACHER, Robert STUART-SMITH, Theodore SPYROPOULOS, & Philippe MOREL
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Armando BUSSEY-SOLLEIRO, Edward LUCKMANN, Vichayuth MEENAPHANT, Ana Margarita WANG-ZUNIGA: The Life Aquatech investigates the relationship between the building systems that mediate between interior and exterior and architectural design by shifting from air-based systems to a water-based system. Human comfort is one of the main drivers of the investigation, seeking an ideal relationship between the user’s comfort in relation to temperature and how the building can self-regulate in order to provide it.
By focusing on the behavior of fluid as part of our generative design methodology, the Life Aquatech proposes a building system that is given the same tectonic prevalence as structure. Formally the project takes shape from its requirement to collect water while at the same time being structurally viable when made out of fiberglass. By contouring the surface of the project, the surface enhances its ability to carry water while at the same time making it more structurally sound.
Through the collection of water from a contoured fiberglass shell and the storage and distribution of water in a soft expandable silicone membrane, the building prototype aims to create a cohesive architectural environment through the interaction of different water-based building systems resulting in a fusion of design aesthetic and building performance.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
AB, EL, VM, & AW: Richard Rogers, building systems, Reyner Banham, and Yves Klein.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
AB, EL, VM, & AW: Reading: Architecture of the Well Tempered Environment, 50 Shades of Grey, and Cedric Price. Listening to: Foster the People, A$AP Rocky, Florence and the Machine, and Empire of the Sun. Watching: The Simpsons, Weather Channel, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
AB, EL, VM, & AW: Thomas Heatherwick, Cecil Balmond, Jose Sanchez, and Marc Fornes.