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  • Nestled Crystals

    Ismael SOTO, "Nestled Crystals." Model.
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    UCLA SUPRASTUDIO
    critics: Greg LYNN & Julia KOERNER.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Ismael SOTO: This project implements a subtractive design process complemented by a resulting flying object at play in the monolithic mass of a hotel tower.

    The flying object is a non-occupiable UAV* architectural element with an integrated system of 40′ electric rotors that allow it to both dock adjacent to Sunset Boulevard and nest on the rooftop. It employs embedded LEDs on the rotor blades to display images when in motion, acting as a large POV** display. The flying object performs simultaneously as a sunset billboard and as an event enclosure.

    The architectural language developed from the conceptual pressing of crystalline objects into a monolith. As a result, the crystals become legible by their soft nestled figures in the interior and by their strong sectional silhouettes on the exterior. These traces of motion create a duality between soft and hard edges.

    The exterior atrium locates amenity spaces open to the city and its poche serves as internal hotel circulation. The juxtaposition between the flying spectacle of motion and the monolithic cube ultimately produces a dynamic urban relationship.

    * UAV: An unmanned aerial vehicle is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.
    ** POV: Persistence of vision is the phenomenon of the eye by which an afterimage persists for approximately one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    IS: Greg Lynn, Tom Wiscombe, and Boeing.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    IS: Reading: Greg Lynn, ed., Folding in Architecture; Neil Denari, Gyroscopic Horizons; and Jimenez Lai, Citizens of No Place. Listening to: Feed Me; Animals As Leaders; and Joe Satriani.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    IS: Coop Himmelb(l)au, Herzog & de Meuron, and Bot & Dolly.

    Additional credits and links:
    [ismaelsotodesign.com]

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