Work completed for Professor Alex Webb and Professor Steve Dent's ARCH 601 studio, fall 2015 at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning.
Final rendering of Valles Caldera Visitor Center proposal. Structural system generated using L-system algorithms in Processing, Houdini, Rhino 5 and 3ds Max. Final project completed with fellow student Nathaniel Bia.
The design of this center is rooted in the growth patterns of two plant species: sunflowers and ferns. Based on the work of phytologists Aristid Lindenmayer and Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, this building developed from a generative algorithm that seeks to approximate these organic morphologies. This algorithm informed the “growth” of our structural system, which we developed into an architecture based on the topography of our selected site. By placing the structure within the earth, building has a reduced visual impact on natural landscape. The orientation of the center allows for maximum views of the spectacular Valle Grande basin. The end result is a building that is both of and situated within its environmental context.