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.
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.