MATIAS DEL CAMPO
COLLIDER! - DESIGNING A LIBRARY WITH AI
This studio employed Artificial Neural Networks as design method for a library at one of the Experiment Points at CERN’s new Future Circular Collider. CERN is the leading laboratory for particle physics in the world, operating the famous LHC, the Large Hadron Collider. Located in the suburbs of Geneva, Switzerland, the underground LHC is the largest and most complex machine ever built by humanity.
Crashing Hydrogen protons at near light speed reveal subatomic particles that help physicist solve fundamental questions such as “are there extra dimensions?”, “what happened at the beginning of time?” and “what is dark matter?”.
The project in this studio will tackle the next step in the expansion of CERN with the Future Circular Collider (FCC), a new circular collider running under the alps and lake Geneva with 62 miles of circumference. An experimental point is a location along the ring that houses the large underground detectors that are able to record the crashes with minute precision. On the ground level a complex infrastructure is necessary to maintain the ongoing experiments. Using Artificial Neural Networks, harnessing the power of Big Data, the main task of this studio is in discovering a method to blend landscape and experiment point. Exploring the long tradition of the role of architecture in the alpine setting, ideas of the sublime, and methods of camouflage the studio provides ample opportunity to discuss the efficacy and role of AI in a contemporary setting of architecture design.
MATIAS DEL CAMPO
Dowdle, Ibrahim, Zhang Fahmy, Kamhawi, Pandey
Gort-Cabeza de Vaca
Sang Won Kang
Siyuan (Elaine) Cheng
Vance Smith Jr
A paradox of scale! For CERN to detect the most minute particle, it had to construct the largest machine humanity has ever built. So large that its scale became unfathomable. Our goal was to create a library that was an integral part of CERN and the Future Circular Collider themselves. To create a library that would offer an immersive experience that attracts the public. To immerse the user in a state of tension between the natural and the man-made, we sculpted and carved the library in the adjacent mountain. To create a library that is so large yet so hidden.