yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype

developed by the team at yong ju lee, ‘moss tower’ is a structural prototype that combines living organisms with architecture. inspired by new perspectives on the built environment following the COVID-19 pandemic, the research project looks past current construction materials and sustainable design methods, and presents a direct approach of bringing nature into buildings.

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the organic 3D-printed tower with embedded moss

all images courtesy of yong ju lee architecture

 

 

yong ju lee used an algorithm to design a single structure that simulates a living cell. it was manufactured using a sand 3D printer, which is a binder-jetting type with formaldehyde-free adhesive. this structure is occupied and covered by shade moss inside. to embed moss into this frame, a triangulated pixel is subtracted from the structure without affecting its stability. physical sampling was executed to research how the moss takes root and how the visual effect looks for certain pixel types. after its use, the 3D printed structure decomposes into sand again when exposed to heat.

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interior and exterior

 

 

this project intends to present a more active and radical solution to combine organic matter with inorganic matter through a single-body geometric system. moss tower proposes that people and plant life can interact with each other and exchange their product of respiration and photosynthesis. the final research model was built at a scale of 1:2.

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interior above view

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

embedded moss detail

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

pixelated greenery

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

exterior detail

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

embedded moss detail

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

sand 3D-printed detail

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype designboom

sand 3D-printed structure

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype

concept diagram

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype

samples for the pixelated greenery

yong ju lee embeds plant life into architecture with 'moss tower' prototype

sand 3D-printing manufacturing

 

 

project info:

 

project name: moss tower

architecture firm: yong ju lee architecture

design team: juhyun maeng, sangha jeong

3D printing: sandgraphy

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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