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Claire Gabriel Student No. 584657

Semester 2/12

Group 4

Coral Growth Process Inspired by the first lecture and reading by Ball I begun thinking of natural patterns and processes. After a recent trip to the Great Barrier Reef I have become fastinated by the garen of edens that lie in our oceans. I am inspired by corals wondrous colourful masses and branches, and there skeletal like forms. Growth Process of Coral: - as the lava produced by mature coral it rises to the top of the sea and then floates back down again to where it will begin growing. - As the coral grows the poylp divdes repeatedly producing more skeleton - The way it divdes ditermines the shape of the new coral environmental factors also effect the shape.

Precedents After experimenting with various pannelling, textures and patterns I begun to look at how other people have inspired by coral in there design. Figure 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are all buildings which have been inspired by coral.

- Figure 1 is titled the sermint although its shape is inspired by the snake I think its facades and shape reflect that of colral. - Figure 2 is of the proposed Ren building in China. Its abtract shape is taken from the Chinese character for person. The facades of the building are inspired by Honey Comb or Strarlet Coral. The structure emerges from water creating a light filled structure that has dynamic quality with cultural sensitivity. - This type of coral called Start Light Coral appears to be like honey comb, but less precises. Figure 3 demonstartes coral that glaows green in the water off Raja Ampat due to the light. It appears as if the light is coming from with in the coral creating a magical bright effect. - Figure 4 is a design by an unknown archiect inspired directly by coral, it is more of an installation and its facades like figure 1 have directly inspired me. - Figure 5, 6 are of the Sinosteel International Plaza in Beijing. The Structures striking facades are inspired by honey comb but has similar qualities to Start Light Quality.

Idea Exploartion The characteristic of coral I identiefied on the previous page I began experimenting with the natural patterns and facades of coral.

Diffusion The second concept I looked at was the process of diffusion. Diffusion is the passive movement of molecules or particles along a concetration from a region of high concentation to a region of low concentration. I was drawn to the diffsuion because of its flowy, yet absract shapes diffusion creates. The patterns the process creates have a sense of energy and movement about them.

I began exploring with different pannel textures inspired by the asthtics of coral. Intial ideas included linking together honey comb shapes and circles starting in an organised way and progressively becoming more busy. I used a variety of different shapes and then mdoeled in a 3d format.

Precedents Diffusion can be like growth the molcules are placed in the water and then grow and eventlually blend as one. From the moment the diffusion begins a serier of magical patterns form. With there absract quaility there are 100s of photographs taken of the moment other forms of art are as bellow.

Various Art works inspired by water diffusion, - figure 1 is titled throwing curves, the arist was inspired from the ryhmic qualities of water diffusion - figure 2 is part of a series of bowels exihibted at the Royal College Art Show - figure 3 is a piece by Lauran Foward

Idea Exploartion

The quailties of pattern of diffusion were difficlut to transfer into 3d modelling. I played around with a series of different panelling but I think I need to spend more time exploaring ways or illustrating thi concept as I still feel it has alot more to offer.


After reviewing many natural visible process I begun deconstructing what a process actually is. According to the Oxford Dictionary a process can be defined as “a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”. I began looking at process that arn’t visible but occur naturaly such as the repleication of DNA .


My third concept for my design was inspired by the bioligical shape formantion and process of DNA. The concept of DNA is a continuation of my research of the coral growth process. DNA is the a self replicating material that is found in all living organisims The twisting of the DNA provides a blended layering formed by the twisting of entire facades. The twist of the DNA provides an asthetically pleasing insperation for my design.

From left to right these buildings have all been inpired by the beauty of and spiral of the double helix. - Figure 1 is of the DNA tower in Kings Park Perth in Australia, the spawling stairs although they are simple clearly represent a strand of DNA. - Figure 2 is of proposed skyscapers by a Chinese archiect, each tower has a helical edge which turns around the tower at a 180 degree angle like a DNA structure. - Figure 3 is a propsed project inspired for the Hoover Damn, unlike the other designs it does not spiral upwards, but there is clear resemblance on a double helix in the design. - Figure 4 is of another proposed sky scraper for Buneous Aires if built this tower would be nearly a 1000 metres high. The building has a eyedrawing rhymic beauty that draws the eye to the point of the design.

Idea Exploartion

In exploaring the concept I played with ideas from other two concepts and added in the absract quailities of the DNA.

Reflection The week two lecture was by guest lecturer Harry Segerman who uses mathematics to create abstract sculptures. When looking at his works you see beauty, and aesthetics but you wouldn’t consider it to be a mathematical pattern and equation that went into the process of creating these shapes. I found particular interesting Segerman uses the fibanaic numbers on pinecones. The use of different shapes was incredible an inspiring to create these lattice like art. The reading this week was by Clark Polling titled analytical drawing. It gave an exploration into the theories, forms and principles of drawing. This reading benefited me allot this week as I do not regard by drawing as a strength.

References: Davina, J. 2000, Australian Architecture Now, Thames and Hudson, London. Dickson, R. 2010, Addicted to Architecture, Wakefield Press, Australia Hoffman, J. 1966, Building in Visual Aspects, Stuttgart, London.

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