Fragments of a Hologram House
FRAGMENTS OF A HOLOGRAM HOUSE
The purpose of this thesis is to explore the constraints and possibilities of architecture in its relationship to emerging augmented reality and virtual reality technology.
As the premise, I’m working in a time somewhere in the future when this technology is at a peak of fidelity, where it can perform in the ways we always imagine it can. But with that said I will concede right now that I do not know all the potentials and capabilities of such advancements. There are no doubt many wondrous scenarios and even more wondrous pitfalls that must be accounted for, but by the time we know everything there is to offer it will be too late. Too late for architecture to imagine its use in the future of our designs and thus contribute to its development. Only by questioning the way we live now can we hope to reimagine the way we live in the future
The Rules of Augmentation
It is because of this that as people dive into virtual and augmented worlds and leave the physical world behind them, the profession must ask itself: What happens to the Architecture left behind?
We must imagine augmentation as simply just another material. If previously the architect’s toolkit consisted of stone, metal, concrete, glass, and so on, now it includes digital representation, manifested and blended with the physical artifacts of architecture.
Augmentation is not something new or something other, it simply is architecture.
It is the simultaneity of multiple architectures that exist at one time, with experiential qualities that match and complement each other. It’s the mixing of materials that architects have always done.
The experience we share with the artifacts of any given space are the only things that matter, and these curate our understanding of the type of space we occupy. There are no more surroundings, just the immediate interactions with the body. And now, we have greater control over these interactions, expanding the presence of the body beyond the skin, assimilating the architectural of any given space. Our skin is now thickened and sustained by multiple architectures.
Rules of Reality
Plans & Sections
You lie in darkness, recalling the thousand fragments of a hologram house. A hologram has this quality: Recovered and illuminated, each fragment will reveal the whole image of the house. Falling towards delta, you see yourself the house, each of its scattered fragments revealing a whole you'll never know - an irish knoll - a baroque cathedral - the cubicle of a stranger - a tree growing on a highway - a flat projection of a schoolhouse - a massive dome of concrete, thin as rain.
Thinking: We're each other's fragments, and was it always this way? But each fragment reveals the house from a different angle, you remember, but delta swept over you before you could ask yourself what that might mean.