SOMA(X)TATIC (X)CHANGE HALL
2013/14 @ArchitectuRAL ASSOCIATION SCHOOL DIPLOMA UNIT 1
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Aluminum exchange hall
the implied volatility of the market is very low. The infrastructural veins surrounding the hall are being pumped with hot air collected from the heat of the servers at ground level. One can tell the traders of this hall are very optimistic and confident as the floor slab frequently pulsates releasing heavy steam. Even the visitors watching from the mezzanine can feel the heat oozing from the pipes of the hall at this point.
Soma(X)tatic (X)change Hall
Architectural Association Diploma Unit 1
SomaX(change)tatic hall explores the idea of the next generation trading markets, taking a cue from the previous human-to-human and entirely digital(algorithmic) models of trading platforms. The cybernetic and neurologically augmented trading hall is a machine which senses and reacts (pulsating, secreting, warming up) as a human body, augmenting the (biologic) wiring of its human users(traders, investors, clients), allowing them to become cyborgs of heightened pheromonal, haptic and olfactory sensitivities. The space aims to become the dramatic “milieu” or stage bridging the events of the global metal markets, the landscapes it is affecting and trading environments worldwide which orchestrate all these events; creating a spectacle in which the spectators are also the actors and the incomprehensible trading market becomes a non-virtual reality to be lived in.