Futuristic Design #3: The Andalus Project – Libya
The Andalus Project is definitely a futuristic design to look forward to. Using Stephen Wolfram’s computer program, ‘Mathematica’, it challenges us to rethink our preconception of what domestic space should be. The futuristic program uses indeterminate modules that organically emerge, morph and propagate while aligned with a set of programmatic parameters to negotiate formal and spatial results. As an organic architectural futuristic design, the living spaces are turned into perfectly sized and angled jigsaw puzzles which transforms the space into many linked pieces.
The futuristic design features smooth arches that form windows and doorways. A bio-inspired form of STI-through frame is also used. Like most futuristic design technologies, GAD has explored and applied these new concept to most private and intimate building structure, ‘domestic space’. Designers of the Andalus Project believe that current architecture and urbanism are inclined by media, culture, technological innovations and consumer habits. Research and experimentation are main tools of GAD architectural practice.
Other than the Andalus project, GAD tests other experimental projects which cover from the potentials of objects and furniture to new urban conditions and infrastructures. Designers have also explored the use of 3D printing to fasten the process of creating physical models. Curiously though, this new concept was actually first presented by Zaha Hadid in the Lotus Room.
It may be a very long time before we can see many similar Andalus Designs, but its potential to become a mainstream design concept in the future is great.
The ultra modern home showcases what innovative architecture means. It is to be built in Libya by GAD or Global Architectural Development. This architectural firm is a New York and Istanbul based design company with numerous architectural awards. The award-winning firm success is based in its methodical research of client’s programmatic requirements, its iterative process of digital and physical modeling and meticulous search for innovation.