Wall is my first work that explores the intersection of biomimicry and environmental design. Using the anatomy of HIV, a series of interlocking parts are fabricated that connect together and from an organically textured facade.
The purpose of using HIV as the structural facade for Wall’s design borrows from the virus’s reproductive capabilities. Wall’s slot-together design and cluster-like texture mimics the virus’s own ability to interlock itself to a human CD4 which it then hijacks for mass HIV replication.
Using reference images, the cells structure was modeled in Rhino. This shape was cut in half to allow a slotting structure. To further enhance the connection of the virus to it human host, the completed model of twelve units was distorted in grasshopper using an HIV positive patients CD4 count over the course of a year. This visualization emphasizes the constant management of HIV in the human body, where large ebs and flows of Wall’s structure denote how the virus is responding to treatment. The final design was 3D printed into it’s separate units and reassembled.
Wall is further transformed through lost wax bronze casting. This gives the units a more finished appearance.