A Houseboat for a Boathouse
The brief entailed designing a houseboat that would be self-sustaining and meet the minimum requirements needed to house an occupant whose only primary concern would be for shelter, safety and a means of travel.
The approach to the project was a theoretical one aimed at exploring the possibility of utilising micro-organisms as a material to construct an architecture that could identify itself in an environment, therefore programming itself to adapt instinctively to the occupant and the immediate environment. Investigation into this lead to the discovery of the work of Steve Pike, who believes the manner in which these micro-organisms colonise their environment, how they communicate, organise and negotiate their territory along with these mechanisms and purpose they employ, provide metaphorical parallels with human colonisation, with added benefit of being an abundant and renewable resource.
Having identified a material, the project then required the investigation of how such material could be made into something tangible, something with surface, something that could contain.
This led to the discovery of the work of Marcos Cruz, whose contribution to Neoplasmatic Architecture, led to the idea of ‘Flesh’ (the surface, the container”). Ultimately, he aims to discuss a future vision of the body in architecture by exploring ‘Flesh’ as a new concept that allows rethinking our common and more traditional understanding of architecture. Central is the investigation about Human Flesh [the Body] and a new emerging Architectural Flesh; a broader discussion about Aesthetics of Flesh.