MONARCH SANCTUARY PROJECT
During a research fellowship at Terreform ONE I had the chance to work on a butterfly feeding station for the Monarch Sanctuary Project - an ongoing project by Terreform ONE. A partial building facade model is installed at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum for the Design Triennale entitled 'Nature'.
As a threatened species in North America, Monarch butterflies are dying due to habitat loss and agricultural pesticides - the installation is a prototype for an ecological building envelope system, showcasing fabrication techniques of re-imagined butterfly habitats and feeding mechanisms.
"The Monarch Sanctuary (Lepidoptera terrarium) will be eight stories of new commercial construction in Nolita, NYC. Programmatically, the building space will mostly contain retail and office life. Yet central to its purpose is a semi-porous breeding ground, waystation, and sanctuary for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It is a pioneering building – one that aims to be ecologically generous, weaving butterfly conservation strategies into its design through the integration of open monarch habitat in its facades, roof, and atrium. Not just a building envelope, the edifice is a new biome of coexistence for people, plants, and butterflies.“
The "Monarch Sanctuary Project: Integrated Biodiversity Double Skin Facade" is an ongoing project by Terreform One.