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Superficium Studio proposes modifiable Biohacker’s Residence in Utah's redrock desert landscape
United States Architecture News - Jan 15, 2021 - 18:15 4291 views
London, Kuala Lumpur and Prague-based practice Superficium Studio has proposed a modifiable communal retreat in Utah's redrock desert landscape.
The proposal, called Biohacker’s Residence, has won the Innovation Award at HOME 2020 competition by arch out loud.
The residence, featuring an organic and rocky-like appearance, has been designed to function as a communal retreat for self experimentation for biohacker communities.
"Since the availability of home-use bio-technology kits, do-it-yourself biohacker communities have surged along with an increasing synthesis between home and laboratory," said Superficium Studio.
"The ability to control and reprogramme your body is an uncharted territory of personalisation and modification." Thanks to its spatial technology, the retreat can be modifiable and or re-purposed according to the changing needs through its bio-integrated and self-printed materials.
The residence, situated within the rocky desert of Utah, proposes a spatial technology to be optimised for the augmentation of DIY hacking processes.
Organic 3D printing and CRISPR editing workstations merge with communal lounge areas where hobbyists come together searching for self-empowerment.
In design, biointegrated materials are (re)programmed for environmental responsiveness, comfort and sterilisation.
Multimaterial cells integrate biological and synthetic materials supporting a space of cellular modification. As gene editing lies on the cups of legality and morality, biohackers head inland to the redrock desert landscape of Utah for remote practice and self administration, where they look to challenge what it means to be human.
Superficium Studio, founded by Samuel Esses and Jonathan Wong, is an architectural design practice that explores design for contemporary cultures and virtual environments through a range of scales and mediums.
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