BILATERAL PHENOTYPE 

WINTER 2015

advisor| matias del campo

[Taubman College]

Jury: Hina Jamelle, Glenn Wilcox, Kathy Velikov, Wes McGee, Michael Kennedy, Craig Borum, Sean Ahlquist

 

Contributors: Veronika Bakalova & Olivia Kempf 

Bilateral Phenotype investigates new forms of living through geometric operations that are not common in current practice. The odd relationships in form and context is what guides the project to an assembly of nested objects. Exploring natural examples of bilaterality, the design is interested not in the genetic, or genotypical reason for symmetry, but instead the physical manifestation, or the phenotype. For instance, insects are genetically almost perfectly bilaterally symmetrical. However, their actual appearance may not be so depending on the role of phenotype in their growth.

 

Located in Stephansplatz in the center of Vienna with a direct view to the famous cathedral, the design stemmed from the mirroring of the same tetrahedron unit; the pieces nested together to fit compactly inside a containing “skin”. Symmetry and geometry are applied to the building through a contemporary method while still reflecting the Gothic values of the cathedral. A baroque inverted arch pattern is projected onto the exterior, creating aperture and opportunity for activated poché. These odd relational pairings can be seen in architectural works such as the ‘Entrance to the Grotto of the Hortus Palatinus’ establishing autonomous relationships to historical precedent.

 ENTRANCE TO THE GROTTO OF HORTUS PALATINUS 

 HEIDELBERG, SALOMON DE CAUS, 1614 

 NESTED GEOMETRIES 

 PLAN SEQUENCE 

 FACADE PATTERN PROJECTION 

 TOP VIEW 

 TRANSVERSE SECTION 

 LONGITUDINAL SECTION 

 DETAILS 

 SITE_STEPHANSPLATZ 

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