Systemic Sections

Systemic Sections

The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy Research (ICARES) Labs is proposed to be located in New Orleans, LA. This project began with exploring a geometric order of an organic natural pattern and its response to the climate change. Lichens were selected because of their interesting biomorphic forms, rich sectional quality and flexible mechanism in different climates. A series of the analogical studies of lichens were conducted digitally in Rhinoceros. After a trip to the Crosby Arboretum, New Orleans, the site was selected in the Savanna region, a frequently burned habitat with a hot and humid climate condition. A preliminary climate research of the site indicated that the proposed research center should face north in direction and shade its southern exposures to receive the stable and mild light throughout the year. With the inspiration of lichens and the site unique condition, a flexible porous system was developed, allowing the building to “breathe” like lichens in the hot and humid climate.

INDIVIDUAL WORK CORE STUDIO 318 | SPRING 2010 | INSTRUCTOR: IGOR MARJANOVIC

Tracing the patterns of lichens ↓

Material studies based on lichen patterns, Rhinoceros ↓

Site collage showing the ground conditions of the site ↓

Site climate studies ↓

Program diagram ↓

Building envelope study ↓

Plan and sections ↓

Final model, handcrafted with LED light installed ↓

Final model, collage ↓

 

Tagged as: analogy, flexible, open/closed, porosity, origami

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