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This seminar course explored environmental and ecological issues, poetic and symbolic performances, and experiential and ethereal manifestations of living systems. We were required to craft a conceptual integrated living system proposal for the Ny-Tap building, part of the Carlsberg Brewery complex located in Copenhagen, DK, which is an area undergoing extensive redevelopment. A city already stricken by massive amounts of rainfall, Copenhagen must brace for a considerable increase in its precipitation in the years to come. Therefore, it is indispensable that Copenhagen manage its rainwater locally instead of guiding it into inundated sewer systems. The building skin of the Ny-Tap building is made up of faceted bricks which provide the perfect canvas for various living systems to take hold. They resemble the scales of a fish with their rigid armor protecting the building. Our final proposal plays off of this existing, protective skin, creating a biomimetic, tiered filtration system that also incorporates unique recreational programs for the building’s users. The program incorporates a variety of native plantings, especially mosses, which will take hold on the building envelope as well as a series of water holding tanks. By combining large-scale urban hydrology with a recreational park, this conceptual design becomes a symbol for the city and adjacent neighborhoods through transformative, ephemeral experiences.

Used Illustrator, Photoshop, AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Google Sketchup & iMovie.