Parasitic Architecture – Meditative Wax Cocoon


Meditative wax cocoon – A sensual second skin

Irene Ayala Castro | Kathleen Bainbridge | Javier Lopez-Alascio | Ricardo Mayor Luque

Tutor. Alex Dubor + Pablo Ros

Assistant. Spetial colaboration. Kunal Chadha


Parasitic Architecture – Meditative Wax Cocoon

Using natural fibres, we have developed a cocoon for relaxation and mediation during the Nowhere Festival.  While the festival is a fun and vibrant atmosphere – these parasitic pavilions latch to the side of existing infrastructure to give a space of relaxation and quit.  A time to reflect or have a sneaking nap between parties.

Nowhere Festival

If you know freedom is SOMEWHERE to be found

If the desert surrounds you EVERYWHERE

If there doesn’t appear to be ANYWHERE left to go

Seek refuge NOWHERE




The fabrication process.

Using the Kuka robot and computational design, we programmed the computer to lay threads of flax fibres to create an array of intricate patterns.


Each triangular pattern can be produced in approximately 15 minutes.

Noting that the current method is to manually apply the wax to the flax threads, the tool we designed has the capacity to ‘pre impregnate’ the thread with wax to speed up the manufacturing process. Further advancements can be made on this – and we are excited to stat testing txt semester.





Evolving production to suit alternate geometry and functionality.
From the video it can be seen that the computational system integrates flexibility and variability, to allow vast amounts of variety in the final ‘cocoon’.

Moreover, the Kuka has been programmed to work in 2D for this set of prototypes, there is also the possibility of laying fabric in 3D to make curved surfaces and reduce seams.






A project for the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

For Light Weight Bio-Composite Structures

Faculty | Pablo Ross + Alexander Dubor

Meditative Wax Cocoon

For other projects in this course, refer links below:

SE.8 – Lightweight Bio Composite