Cathedral of Artemis

PennDesign | Arch 501 | Michael Loverich | Fall 2013

Architecture as parasite

 

The parasite as a form of structure creates chaos amongst original structures but a structure as a form of a parasite creates an interesting balance of power.
The Artemis Cathedral is an adaptation of the aggregation as ruin or rubble, the basic and most ancient form of aggregation. In the City of Philadelphia, a new form of aggregation has emerged as a power struggle between host and parasite. Through the creation of this parasitic aggregation, an object-to-object relationship is created where the difference between host and parasite is questioned. Ultimately the goal of this parasite is to create a Controlled Organics or a randomization of growth with a controlled spacial output.

 

A bottom-up aggregation system to create an iterative form with a top-down set of rules to define the space created. The randomized growth was controlled by points of interest where entries would be placed. This would create an ever changing machine that would create multiple iterations. Creating rule sets that would define Density, Proximity, and Size created the control of the structure. Spaces on the periphery of the cathedral created interesting intimate spaces while the centralized spaces created the large cavernous cathedral space.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

St. Peters

St. Peters

Santiago de Compostella

Santiago de Compostella

Parametric tools are used to purposefully and informatively create the systems of the architecture. Each of the individual systems is created to address site and optimal conditions. Larger swaths of horizontal planes create a moss-like system of green spaces while the wall and floor systems are created to respond to the optimal orientation. Smaller parts begin to create the glass orientation to optimized light entering the nave. As the building systems come together, they create a complex system of folds and facets, each are held up by large columns that support the structure at its weakest points.

Systems Diagram
Green-Roof Diagram
Glazing Diagram
Structure Diagram
E-W Section
N-S Section
Plan
Roof Plan
Altar

Altar

Apse

Apse

Cloister

Cloister

Bear Cage

Bear Cage

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