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Research_Archifoliage Veils

Author: Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui

Depth of research – An innovative technological approach

The rapid development of innovative technological approaches in the realm of biology, biomechanics, biotechnology, aerodynamics, and hydrodynamics are becoming of immense significance to architecture, demanding our attention due to their inevitable cultural, aesthetic and technical implications. This results in the ‘biologicalisation’ phenomenon in architecture. The line between natural and the artificial is progressively blurred.

A synthetic living flesh – Archifoliage Veils

Based on the research into plant flowers fertilization and fermentation mechanisms, the proposed artificial synthetic structures create a family of responsive and interrelated typological growth structures to nurture specific crop plants living systems.

Transgenic organisms hybrid

The biological phenomena in morphological terms have been studied and applied principles as a means to develop new structural and formal systems. The designed synthetic archifoliage veil structures are each tailored to nurture different species of living crop to grow symbiotically in an optimized condition.

The geometries of the natural growths

The above images records growth pattern for a climbing plant (hop plant) on the archifoliage system. The resultant geometry of the vegetation is generated from the differentiated nurturing forms of the archifoliage veil structures.

The vegetation forms a soft outer skin for the building, which changes seasonally according to the annual growth and cultivation of the farm.

Archifoliage typologies – Araceae

Araceae is a family of monocotyledonous flowering plants in which flowers are borne on a type of inflorescence called a spadix. The spadix is usually accompanied by, and sometimes partially enclosed in a leaf-like hood.

Zantedeschia and Anthurium are two well known members of this family.

Five variation of archifoliage are studied:

Archi-zantedeschia elliottiana – beans

Archi-zantedeschia aethiopica – guord

Archi-zantedeschia rehmannii – cucumbers

Archi-zantedeschia albomaculata – yam

Archi-zantedeschia jucunda – squashes, tomatoes, salads and herbs

Archifoliage Veils – Innovation in the use of conceptual process generators

The design of the archifoliage Veils system researched fluid dynamics as the conceptual and technical basis for choreographing complex interactions of crop growth from computationally generated vector fields. The ecological environmental data such as sunlight, temperature and rain is incorporated into the iterative design progression of the veils family typologies.