seed bank gate

w/ kent bloomer @ ysoa

Ornament as Taxonomy:

The ornament is generated using phosphenes and form constants - the universal geometries created by the human eye. The taxonomy of phosphenes is abstractly correlated to the taxonomy of seeds held within the seed library. Forms are assigned to seed types, and the ornament that is generated becomes a diagram of the contents within and the building’s organization as well. The ornament communicates abstractly the uses of the plants kept on each particular level, so that the ornament which pulls eyes from the street into the inner atrium serves as a communicator with multiple meanings.