Seahorse Biomimicry

 

Seahorse Skeleton Biomimicry

The skeletal system of the seahorse consists of stacked rings of bony plates that enclose the spine and serve as protective armor. These plates can compress vertically and slide laterally, providing an effective defense mechanism against predators. Studies on the resilience and modularity of a seahorse's skeletal system are used to create an abstract physical analogue and pavilion proposal.

Located on Walnut Street Bridge in West Philadelphia.

 
 
 

Analysis of Seahorse Skeleton

 

extracting plan and elevation views of bony plate

 
 
 

abstraction of one skeleton ring

 
 

construction and folding of analogue module

 
 
 

assembly of one bony plate layer using four modules

 
 
 

abstracted section diagrams

 
 

Bristol Board Model

 
 
 

Development of Pavilion

 
 

site plan

 
 
 

targeted views looking over walnut street bridge

 
 
 

exploded view of pavilion modules

 
 

Rendered installation

interior and exterior views

 

Physical Model

 
 
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