Architectonic Organism : Catalytic Wall

This Project, Catalytic Wall manipulates an existing element of the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion and aims to create a living, organic wall as an architectonic organism that can potentially purify air and combat air pollution and CO2 emissions. A recursive strategy is implemented as the wall begins to multiply and consume itself as it absorbs more pollution. The architectonic organism utilizes Photosynthesis and emits various colors while it re-loops based on the amount of pollutants absorbed and the amount of clean air or oxygen released into the environment.  The project functions as a installation at the Pavilion and enhances a visitors experience and well being.

Recursive Growth Stimulation

Recursive Wall

Color Change Based on Air Pollutants Absorbed


Catalytic Wall is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in SO.3 Computational Design in 2018
Student: Gayatri Desai
Faculty: Rodrigo Aguirre + Aldo Sollazzo