Columbia GSAPP Formworks
Critic: Josh Draper
Collaboration with Nicole Allen, Heidi Werner, and Mia Zinni
The Arthro – POD is an artificial marine habitat inspired by the molting cycle of lobsters and other marine life. Sited in a zoo aquarium, the POD’s module provides a range of spaces for aquatic creatures to hide, rest, and circulate.
The modules are based on a sectional aggregation derived by their embodied curvature. They have the ability to aggregate in the x, y, and z axis for maximum flexibility and versatility, depending on the site. As the modules aggregate in different configurations, they create molting cavities and vertical passages, which is explicitly reflected in the form. More specifically, the double curvature of the module provides the opportunity for vertical interlocking, thus creating a cavity or shelter.
The hole in the center of the module allows for the POD’s aquatic inhabitants to move from one module to another. The module is designed to be cast out of concrete, which is suitable for an underwater condition, but also allows for plant life to grow on it and become part of the environment.
casting process photos
formal stacking logic