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Applying energy and material resources consciously, when creating habitable environments is a current topic in architecture. Aqueotrope takes part in the discussion by reconsidering the green-roof topology and exploring the roofscape as a site for the development of synthetic architectural systems that are informed by and integrate systems of organic matter. The project proposes an architecture with the capacity to embrace entropic tendencies and exploit the latent potential of exchanges of energy – in this case the transfer of moisture through an architectural medium and its effects on more extensive ecologies. Aqueotrope focuses on amplifying the immersive roofscape’s hydrodynamic potential. The material properties of ceramics with varying degrees of porosity and surface articulation are coupled with a morphology of protuberant forms. They perform as hydrophilic and hydrophobic constituents of a roofscape designed to subtly tamper with atmospheric effects in its specific environment.


“Aqueotrope explores the influx of non-inert forms of matter into material assemblies. The project focuses on capturing qualities that would appear to be incongruous to the processes and tools used to generate them, pursuing the apparent vagaries of matter in flux albeit through the use of highly controlled algorithmic and mechanized processes.” –ULRIKA KARLSSON


Aqueotrope. Speculative Proposal for a Vivarium 2011. Image courtesy of servo stockholm.

Hydrophile: Hydrodynamic Green Roof. Speculative Proposal for Bioscience Innovation Center 2010. Image courtesy of servo stockholm.

More Than Sound. Exhibition Design 2012. Image courtesy of servo stockholm.

Ulrika Karlsson is a partner and founding member of the architectural design collaborative servo stockholm. The collaborative develops architectural environments, where technical ecologies are integrated with shifting material states and electronic information infrastructures. Recently servo has for instance designed a hydrodynamic roofscape in Stockholm and exhibited at the Seville Biennale. Recent publications include a monograph Networks and Environments and projects in Digital Architecture Now, Hatch and Interactive Architecture.

She has a degree in Architecture from Columbia University and one in Landscape Architecture from SLU – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Karlsson is a visiting professor and Head of Program (Director of the Architectural Program) at the KTH School of Architecture.