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Alisa Andrasek Studio
Assistant: Jose Sanchez

Kathleen O’Donnell (Canada)
Shilpa Pittar (India)
Ekaterina Revyakina (Russia)


Crystal Clouds pursues the development of an architectural system that is embedded in and intrinsically connected to its ecosystem. Generative computation is used to design an adaptive architectural implant responsive to specific topological, weather and similar host data. The input parameters of such a system are based in physical reality and include forces, material properties and real-time data about the site. These ideas are explored within the context of the Arctic coastline, which is continually formed and reformed by environmental forces. In response, ice and snow form an incredible diversity of patterns and shapes, which are at once fragile and strong like concrete, but also translucent and opaque, plastic and rigid. Tacita Dean states, ‘Ice does not follow the laws of form. Unlike the compact, well-formed grassy mounds sometimes associated with landform buildings, the shapes formed by the ice and snow is more promiscuous: informal and irresolvable, always in formation.’ Our project acts as a catalyst for ice formation by gathering and layering fabric that wrap space in a protective cocoon. The formation of ice starts at the scale of a crystal and accumulates over a long period of time. This accumulation builds, morphs and grows causing a poetic architectural shift in the frozen seascape.