2015, Academic, with Michelle Schreuder, published in “Vague Operations” by Soma
Fibrous formations in many ways fundamentally oppose conventional architectures structures. While, since Vitruvius, architecture has considered firmitas as a virtue, fibrous structures are flexible and adapt to their boundary conditions. While architects split up designs into different building systems with varying life spans, fibrous systems respond to multiple-causal criteria by establishing integrated functionalities, redundancy and even over-spending of material. Their intricate and entangled characteristics form a vast reservoir for aesthetic expression, structural performance and spatial formations.
The aim of this project was to develop individual design strategies that are based on a systematic feedback between digital simulation and analogue material-experimentation with various fibres. The results of these experiments serve as a foundation to design a spatially complex, innovative vertical typology.