Vine of the Soul


6 gro local

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. Elements during the ceremonies are: singing, screaming, purging, visuals and trance.
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 skins are separated in different elements with different purposes. Such as: breathing nozzles, containers for moos-growth and openings for light.
The video will show an abstraction of one ceremony.

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tree-ca ongoing



3d cellular automata (list- and layer-based) creates three voids around a tree point cloud scan. 200 pixel x 200 pixel * 200 slides (eight times, from bottom two top). CA starts from tree bark, green is more likely to win in y-direction (minus), green int x-direction (minus) and blue in z-direction (minus).  White wins with specific distance to bark.

first stigmergy test

agent beam




The beam-growing algorithm finds a solution for contrasting objectives. It constantly calculates new growing directions based on closest neighbors, closest targets (design intention), border / branching distance, gravity and neighbor structures / trying to connect in the direction of beam orientations. The algorithm connects all desired goals and still is able to react to design intentions by using implemented weights.




soft-launched playground of Sebastian Gatz: art, architecture, coding, music.


short CV:

Stud. Cand. arch.
CITA | Centre for Information Technology and Architecture
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation

B.A. architecture (Münster School of Architecture)

2.5 years research assistant of Prof. Bolles-Wison & Prof. Luis Berríos Negrón

trained car mechanic (five years at Volkswagen: four in Germany, one in Portugal)

four years of practice (Architecture: modulorbeat & behet bondzio lin, car mechanic, civil service)