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Muqarnas House

                     Spatial Experiments I   

                                                                           Lund University

                                                 Year: 2018

Location: Tamnagault, Morocco

Collaboration with Henrik Yang


Our visit to the new town of Tamnougault gave us a clear decision to place our house in the old town, which today lies in ruins. The new city was built in a grid-plan and the materials used were mostly concrete. A few people still live in the ruins but most of the inhabitants have moved to the new town. The old houses are built organically on top of a hill which in a combination results in a maze-like structure and the closeness to the oasis was a refreshing sight compared to all the sands in the desert. We place our building at the end of the city where a trail has been heavily used by tourists and the local population. Some site preparation must be made cleaning the rubbles from the site so that our experimental project can grow freely from and onto the ruin walls.

Aggregation Designing with discrete elements is a challenge. Many variations of aggregations can be generated using grasshopper and these designs can be hard to interpret into architecture. The biggest challenge can also be the controlling of the tool, rather than being restraint by it. Our design approach uses the muqarnas as discrete elements which in an aggregation would create spaces or building elements. To do this we wrote different rules which would guide each element to one another, depending on how we wrote it. Each element has different lenght in the edges and some of them are the same. These edges were written in the rules to connect eachother. To gain control over the aggregation growth we made specific rules which would grow into the chosen field. Beneath are some studies we madeto try to understand and gain control over the tool.

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