Blurring nature and architecture creates innovative sustainable solutions and new hybrid mutually-reinforcing coexistences.
Concepts of integrating nature within architecture and in the urban fabric so that natural and man-made systems can merge and cooperate is the resilient way to innovate. This design approach not only can repair but understand and implement new architectural solutions, whose layers are woven, cut and erased giving rise to a new fabric, striated with fresh trajectories and unexpected porosities.
Brutal and solid, the stone is composed of internal veins that flow seamlessly through its core enhancing its capacity to transform its very physical composition by recalibrating its structural system. A forged tension, that fosters the potential to redesign the core structure with nature as if acting as a new implant that cannot only repair but replicates an autonomous interface, one that conveys unity and a beautifully composed symphony.
In this interstitial space of visually solid materiality, there is the possibility of growth, of expansion and habitable porosity, not as single entities but as components of a larger system, ‘tools’ that have the potential to transform. The nonvascular spore-bearing moss coordinates relays and informs each component by giving the system the capacity to monitor, anticipate and respond with alternative sustainable strategies.
Foto by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze
The colonising pleurocarpous moss generates a new transformative identity, one that harbours through the partial altering of the DNA, the ability to manipulate and naturally reconfigure the rock into living matter.
The research aims, therefore, to translate this natural evolution into innovative designs that incorporate and integrate harmoniously with the natural surroundings and are capable of continuously evolving with the fabric of the city.