01. Cellular Structures

Technological developments have multiple results in relation to architecture. The ability to observe at the micro level surely falls into this category: Cells and microbiological structures are offering a whole new world that can help as develop new spatial relationships and understand space in a different way. And that goes well beyond mere formal explorations. Cells of course are displaying unique forms that could be transferred to architecture, but are also displaying ways of organization, ecological strategies and extremely efficient structural systems, all of which can inform architecture in different levels.



This project explores the way that a specific cell functions: Xylem vessels are cells that are present in most plants. Their function is to transfer water from the ground to the upper part of the plant. The images above show several digital models of the cells that explore the way they are formed and structured. The following animation displays the way that the cell function.

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One single unit of the cell is isolated and manipulated in order to be transformed into something new, that on one hand will share the formal language and some properties of the cell, on the other hand it will have a new function in an architectural context. The cell is transformed into a rain collector:



The unit (the rain collector) is multiplied again and a system of rain collectors is formed. A structural system that would support the collectors is also generated. The follow animation explain the way that the structure was generated.

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The collectors were generated thought a dynamic "animated" process. The result is also dynamic: The collectors are opening or closing giving this way the possibility to the user to control the collection of the water.

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