Architectural Intervention at Silo City
Organic Hybrids provokes the tension between regulated and uncontrolled environments and atmospheres within the site of Buffalo’s grain silos. Large oblong cut-away openings in the towering cylindrical forms are impregnated with permeable skylights. Inspired by the composite behavior of glass when blown into a precisely tooled mold surface vs. a free-form wire matrix, the skylights have a dual function. The bowl-like glass vessels suspended in a copper wire mesh capping the tops of the silos capture and release rainwater and melted snow, while allowing light and moisture to catalyze natural decay and stimulate organic growth. Over time, flora and fauna transform the industrial landscape into an evolving state of becoming wild.