To anyone who is attending or has attended McGill for architecture, can you please send me a message? I have some questions (applying to grad school) and would love some help!
Biomimicry—borrowing ideas from the natural world—is a valuable tool, but I’m not interested in just mimicking forms. If you start there, you run up against the limits of your materials. But if you start with your materials, you unlock so many potential ways the architecture can take shape. For me, starting with the materials is nature. It means basing your design on what the material is naturally capable of, and how you can push it. It’s a lot different than settling on an iconic form that looks natural and then trying to figure out how to build it.
Gang is the rare architect who loves nature and tall buildings, classical techniques and new technology. She sees herself not as an artist, but as a dot connector, a problem solver.
Peter Zumthor’s illustration of the floors plan of the Thermal Baths in Vals…
Unhealthy love for Zumthor
The Tree of Life Chapel, Cerejeira Fontes Architects