AA Inter 3

forest revival by faywk
March 5, 2014, 4:46 pm
Filed under: 2013-14


providing growth

organic-inorganic growth


facade SE

south-east façade

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The project will be a living system bridging the existing forest and the main street in the village where events and activities take place. With some pre-existing trees embraced along the outer envelope of the structure, this intervention is providing a hotbed for tree reproduction.

As the indigenous trees are mainly Ficus species and rattans which are gifted with a natural fusion of branches and curtain-like aerial roots down into earth, they can be used for sun-shading and create a unique micro climate. On the flip side the aerial roots of strangler ficus take over built spaces in a short period of time and have damaged temples and historical buildings in Cambodia.

By controlling water supply in the water tanks as part of the structure, the building constantly guides the growth of the trees rooted in suspended water tanks, leaving spaces below and in-between inhabitable. The structure is shaped by water supply channels reaching different parts of the forest edge and converging at the riverbank, allowing water drawing in the dry season and drainage in the wet season.

Over time the mixture of organic and inorganic canopy guides the trees proliferated, occupying the reserved spaces and having a special environmental performance as a mask, shading and protecting people’s living spaces in between. The design reinterprets the notion of nature and man-made, seeking to create an ‘artificial nature’ to offset the destructive effect of nature while simultaneously making the most of its advantages.

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It is good to see some progress on the proposal. For Friday it is very important to add more definition on the section relationship with existing city and permanent and temporary elements within the context.

The relationships between the water tanks, plants and building can be evolved if you can care categories for design for the guided growth and the inhabitation and how they relate. How is the building inhabitation changing with the constant (but slow!) growth of the plan. Here a sequence diagram would be ingesting. Start with hand sketches like the top one but more sectional and then next week evolve into 3d experiments.

As a tip you can also have a look at Vue or x-frog software, maybe they have demo versions that you can test. The first is about landscape modelling and the second is about plant simulation and is a plug in for c4d.

Good luck!

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