Vine of The soul

Ayahuasca is a brew made out of Banisteriopsis Caapi Vine and the Psychotria Viridis Leaf. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the people of Amazonian Peru. Part of the spiritual ceremony is: the collecting of the plants, preparation of the drug and the collective ceremonial drinking of the brew - usually three to five days in a row. During the ceremony people are singing, screaming, purging and hallucinating. The architectural proposal tries to use natural forces, such as wind, rain and light to enhance the spiritual experience. The proposal offers an alternative ceremonial space for foreigners and locals. The architectural structure contains: the main ceremony room in the middle, a ceremony bathroom, a drug preparation area, a sleeping area, a cooking area and a recreation room. The non-ceremonial bathroom is located in a separate structure.


The main metal structure was designed by using an agent based growing algorithm. The structure is an exoskeleton for the tent-like latex skins and for the latex-bag rod-system which actuates the ceremony-tent during raining periods. The latex skin is discretized in different elements with different purposes, featuring breathing nozzles, containers for moos-growth and openings for light. The video will show an abstraction of one ceremony.

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