MoMA Tower Hina Jamelle Studio FA09
Situated adjacent to the MoMA, NY, the "Oxidized Tower" creates a building system in which varying rates of geometric difference could be experienced visually, programmatically and formally. The process in which material breaks down generates accelerated rates of change through its physical transformation, thus providing a blueprint for the organization of future emergent building systems. Our goal resulted from the process of examining the material breakdown of galvanic steel, more specifically the process of oxidization that occurs through the permeation of electrolytes (foreign life) into the given substrate. Through this material precedent we were able to define variables of material catalysts and retardants, which force transformative changes to occur more rapidly or slowly. This rule-based system was used as a skeleton from which our building form and programmatic intensities would emerge.
Through mapping the transformation of steel to oxidized iron, intensive paths of acceleration emerged allowing a gradient of form and material change. The change was applied to specific spatial units that would identify significant stages within the material transformation. By blending the attributes from one unit to the next a softer gradient was created showing the gradual or varied rapid rate of [material, program, form] change.
Galvanic trajectories uses natural precedents to suggest more intuitive ways to intervene within the built environment, resulting in strict attention to biomimetic form ultimately creating a more sustainable building typology.