DISCREATURES : Life in Moving Fluids


Personal Info

Name: JP Maruszczak

Nationality: USA

Institution / Company: heron-mazy studio


Name: Roger Connah

Nationality: United Kingdom

Institution / Company: heron-mazy studio


Name: Jose Manuel Vega Perez

Nationality: Mexico

Institution / Company: heron-mazy studio


-FINALIST of Non Architecture Award Competition | Category: Aspatial


The unlimited ability of water to carry metaphor allows for the co-existence of multiple  personae and species. One character in this moving world  is the  Jellyfish found all over the world, from surface waters to the deep sea. Alternating within this aquabody sequence is aquatic set of a different sort. It is structured as a perceptual key for the detective of the  disppearing hydroscapes. The  set of aluminum sand cast models map  an ever changing set of  absent liquid escapes and dry delinquent sites. 

We wish to put the jellyfish in the realm of pataphysical architecture, and it is the negative of this creature that interests us, more a ramification on the inside-out capabilities of the medusa species. We speak about ‘fit’: fuzzy wet edge, luminescent submersible and acoustical loomings: an architecture of an infinite number of creases where it makes supra-rational sense to speak of the abstraction of flows.


The house is an aquabody, a discreature, where fragility gains strength from movement and light, a liquid space on the run. Our chrysaora become ‘floats’ operating according to flow codes. Fluid zones structure adaptive drift settlements and micro fluid safety holes. We call this a hydroscape-to-go, multi-modal, where there is a pulsating rhythmic blue zone generated by floating emitters and flow regulators. This is not a narrative left out of Herodotus, nor is it any phoenix returning from ashes, the ‘chrasaora’ allows us to speculate how the aquabody house uses its creases to become more appealing and re-create through movement, light and current. Human empathy!


Project Type: Liquid World

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