Stacking Phenotypes


The Computational Media Studio explored phenotypes of stacking, branching, lattice and subdivision, testing the spatial and structural potential of these relational systems for architectural applications.


Following on from work done in Processing, which explored structural phenotypes of stacking, branching, lattice and subdivision, this project begun to explore the stacking phenotype in greater detail in a 3d parametric environment. [Generative Components] The Project was to explore the tall tower type, setting up a ‘Rig’ which allowed an iterative exploration and testing of structural and spatial parameters.  A logic of ‘bundled’ towers which connect and diverge at multiple points was adopted.


The central premises of the explorations which follow is to create a system which operates within the stacking principles of brick to brick relationships and stack to stack relationships such that ‘support and balancing’ principles are achieved, and results of iterations hence contain an embedded structural logic. Also to have a degree of control over the direction and intersections and provide an interesting and maneuverable interplay between the solids and resultant voids. Essentially the approach is an exploration of the nature and emergent properties within bundled stacks, and exploring how program is intermixed throughout the building, using intersections and divergences of stacks as a rationale for defining different zones, entry points and connections.