University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign
critic: Matias del CAMPO
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Nicholas AUGER: XTAL-92 is a housing project that critically explores the relationship between specific geometric conditions and techniques to envelope aggregated bodies.
To this extent, the dividing line between body and envelope is questioned, creating a blurred configuration of the building. The building’s outer envelope acts as an elastic wrapping of the interior structural system, that allows for only a partial reading of its interior workings. The plasticity of the façade blurs the underlying condition, intentionally obscuring the deeper layers of the quasicrystalline structural system, and thus subverting the concept of façade readability.
The XTAL-92 design draws inspiration from natural systems of colonization and non-periodic quasicrystalline patterns to investigate new ways of generating density in urban environments. One of the main goals of the XTAL-92 design was to create a system that could densely occupy the space without producing a symmetrical and uniform agglomeration of apartment units.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
NA: Matias del Campo, Keith VanDerSys, and Simon Kim.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
NA: Reading: Atelier Bow Wow, Made in Tokyo; Fresh Punches. Listening to: Chilly Gonzales; UGK; and PM Dawn.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
NA: Mt. Fuji Architects, Tezuka Architects, Lens°Ass, and Kengo Kuma.