Seed Cathedral

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The Seed Cathedral seeks a language of ornament that is utilitarian – here, ornament is united with structure, thermal enclosure, and building systems – investigating a language of building where architecture and ornament are dependent on one another to exist. The building block of the cathedral is the 'seed', a repeated unit that rises to the pinnacle of the cathedral where it becomes the skylight of the sanctuary. From the ceiling are ornamented skylight openings and light fixtures, all of which retain the seed geometry and are generated from the spiraling nature of clustered floral seeds. The Seed Cathedral seeks to revive the forgotten but highly valuable tool of ornament by making it a necessity to the cathedral's existence itself.