Since the discovery of DNA, scientists have dreamed of using it as a form of information storage. This is now possible. Text, images, video, and audio can all be encrypted and extracted in artificial DNA sequences. With a half-life approaching a million years in the right storage conditions, nucleic acid will be the new hard drive.
Architectural Chimerism is a speculation of equal parts design and prose. The project imagines what libraries might look like in a world where DNA has surpassed both print and digital media as a form of storage. As an organic substance, the DNA may be stored in the cells of a living organism, instead of on a shelf.
The scrambled DNA would react unpredictably, mutating and creating new monstrous species. As the creatures reproduce, new nonsensical books are written in genetic code. When the beasts die, a history of human creativity is dormant in their dead cells.
The habitat for the creatures reflects their genetic nature: it is a conglomerate of human achievement. Three environments are shown, an aviary, a cave, and a reservoir. Each reprograms icons of architectural design for occupation by monsters. A subterranean archive is managed by a single librarian, who collects bones of the dead beasts and places them on shelves. A reliquary is created, preserving the memories and ingenuity of the human species.