Jellyfish House was produced by IwamotoScott with proces2 (Sean Ahlquist) as collaborator, for the exhbition, Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living, co-curated by the Vitra Design Museum and Art Center College of Design. The project was selected in a call for proposals, in response to a brief that asked for concepts for a new 'house of the future' -- as speculative counter-proposal to the conventional 'smart house' paradigm.
Our design explores notions of ubiquitous computing and the architectural potential of an ambient technology, with an approach to sustainability that incorporates building technologies just beginning to appear on the horizon. This comes together through a performative structural skin that handles rainwater harvesting, graywater filtration and phase change insulation. The combined architectural affect and experiential effect of Jellyfish House's building skin operates as a condition of fluctuation between states of opacity and translucency.
Urbanistically, Jellyfish House aggregates in a variety of configurations, forming an evironmentally symbiotic array of building and site. The result is a new aqueous urbanism that remediates the toxic ground of its Treasure Island situation through connecting to a comprehensive system of canals, wetlands, and bio-filtration machines created from upcycling soon-to-be demolished Bay Bridge span segments.
Jellyfish House has been widely published and exhbited. The project drawings, model and animation were acquired for the Architecture and Design Permanent Collection at SFMOMA.