Nature - Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Triennial:

The Monarch Butterfly population has declined 80% over the past 20 years. Climate change caused by human activity and the development of pesticides to combat unwanted vegetation in crops have destroyed milkweed, which monarchs depend on for nutrition and rest stops along their 3000-mile migration route to the north. The Monarch sanctuary is a double-skin facade concept for commercial development in Nolita, NYC. We developed a prototype section for the 2019 Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial that demonstrates the structure of the facade and our aims to create biodiversity within the 4' wide facade enclosure.


Principal Investigator: Mitchell Joachim
Design research team: Nicholas Gervasi, Zach Saunders, Sabrina Naumovski, Xinye Lin, Jules Pepitone.

Tools & methods:

Rhinoceros, RhinoCAM, Grasshopper, AutoCAD, V-Ray, Photoshop, Illustrator, Silicone molding.