Alejandro Medina





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Towards an Inverted Pyramid (2018)


Developing from research conducted during my undergraduate thesis, this project attempts to look at ways of applying the structural intelligence of trees and branching towards the production of architecture. Specifically focusing on the design of large scale buildings and infrastructure that could theoretically (similar to a tree) balance on a single point. In order to produce architecture that could allow for us humans to separate ourselves into a layer above ground, while allowing the planet time and space to remediate itself below.

The designs are derived from studies of L-Systems, which are are an algorithmic way of digitally simulating plant structures and growth.

The resulting prototypes or models, use branching to organize and properly distribute weight for the structure to be able to balance itself on a single point. Weight — in this case is represented as different volumes of water that are injected into the hand-blown glass spheres of the models.