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Fractal Geometry Tower : Architecture
Project in New York – design by Margot Krasojevic
8 Sep 2009
Fractal Geometry Tower, New York, USA
1st Place Research Category
Architecture of Israel
Design: Margot Krasojevic
Multi Dimensional Architecture in an Endless Virtual Reality
Fractal Geometry won 1st place in the research category organised by Architecture of Israel and Architect Richard Meier for research in digital design.
The Tower is positioned on the edge of a pier in Manhattan’s Battery Park New York. The building programme consists of an ever-increasing gallery space that sits within the suspended surface. The plans do not dictate the Tower’s perceived presence, reflecting geometries distort the surface pattern iterations (dislocating physical from the perceived), affecting the manner with which the individual engages and appropriates with this space. Both physical hyperbolic geometries and their fractal reflections simulate an illusion that describes the Tower project.
Dimensions describe the physical world, parameters within those dimensions alter our perceptions. This allows for an adaptation of Cartesian geometry and Gestalt psychology to address the non-Euclidean within our surroundings. With regard to the Tower, the perceived space is translated and continually morphed as a result of the surface renderings and reflections, whose boundaries and physical transitions are non-static, thus creating a dynamic series of dimensions. The reflecting surfaces have a Hausdorff dimension greater than its topological dimension, with the aim of presenting an infinite number of geometric iterations of an infinite length while the area remains finite. The surface reflections, however, are too irregular to be easily described using a traditional Euclidean geometric language. Both these criteria are characteristics of fractal as a complex geometric object.
Fractal dimensions reserve self-similarity across scales, only being restricted through context. The reason I use this as a tool for the Tower’s design criteria is to dislocate perception and appropriation of Euclidean geometry and space from the constraints of expectation and as an analogy to its vertical gallery and exhibition typology.
The Tower project therefore attempts to present a projected physicality, reiterating that the tangibility of architectural dimension is expanding along with our objective world. What can be imagined can be communicated using a lexicon of dimension.
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