Last fall, I was working on a project that taught me all the intricate wordage of algorithmic and parametric design. My head was packed full of patterning processes, finite element analysis, and CNC routers. So, when I stumbled across Airspace, a multi-use building in Tokyo with a vine-like façade designed by Thom Faulders, Hajime Masubuchi of Studio M, and Sean Ahlquist of Proces2, I was primed and ready to parse jargon with the architects.
Thom, who is one of the sharpest tacks in the wall, knows his way around that dialogue, but thankfully, wanted to talk about the project in terms of design and process, not technique. The result is Drawn Together, a feature in the March/April issue of Azure magazine. My piece focuses on the nature of collaborative practice and what happens when three minds with three very different design sensibilities come together. Does that sentence sound like that an architectural version of the Real World? No cat fights with Airspace, just a cool intersection of clean modernism and digital tools.
Also, Thom's posted on his site a great collection of images of the process and all the iterations that went into the facade.