Skin & Bones

Skin & Bones is an abstract design project creating a building section from a the negotiation of a vegetable-derived skin with a systematically interlocking structural bone system. By forcing these two dissimilar systems to navigate their borders, a dynamic space is created, allowing the body to inhabit spaces within the building wall.

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Skin

The building skin is derived from the skin of the bitter melon. Specifically, the building skin takes advantage of the varied texture scales to create a skin that can maintain a superstructure, while allowing for small scattered apertures.

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Bone

The bones of the building are constructed out of three different puzzle pieces at two different scales, that snap together to create a variety of hallways and interstitial spaces within the building wall assembly.

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When the two dissimilar skin and bone systems come together, they form a habitable building wall composed as a network of tunnels with occasional aperture to the external environment.