Exoskeleton facade at Morpheus

Double curved exoskeleton facade

The highly criticized Morpheus may be one of the most complicated projects of the decade. The three sculpted voids in the center makes majority of the building into non-uniform panels. The entire building is cladding in glass, making complex double curvature with tight turns using triangular panels. This helps optimize the geometry, the sides of the building regular glass panels. Triangulating the geometry reduces double curved surfaces with pixelated meshes. Each piece is cut and precisely installed back onto the framing system. The exo-skeleton deforms from its uniformity into receiving this voids in the middle, turning the project into a structurally optimized building as well. Perhaps people may dislike the form and say it is a waste of resources. As with all of Zaha’s projects, curvature and parametricism play an important role to architecture. Here the entire building is seamless, without a single break in geometry yet it features three voids which wraps into itself. Lets take a minute to appreciate the technical innovations and intelligence required to make this monster a reality. After all, methodology is more important that form making.

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