Materiality and Assembly/ Design Studio 2 integration models

The first attempt to integrate both an existing family of systems from Materiality and Assembly with my concept from Design Studio 2 was utilizing the Wire x Plastic bag family to create the orb shapes that comprises a large of amount of the space.

throughout this process it’s been difficult to find a way to properly keep the plastic bag taught around the geometry established by the wire, in the material study here panty-hose were used to show the enclosed area

This set of studies utilizes the flexible characteristics of basswood sticks relying on the stability of metal wire & rods, while also being held in place by a basin of rockite to demonstrate how these orb shapes will be oriented in the floor slab

This next model uses characteristics from the Plastic Barrier X Basswood stick family:

Forming the same grid as the original material study, the basswood sticks used here make a rough spatial model representing where the orb shapes will be located underneath the site, along with a flexible sheet material (in this case wire mesh) to represent to ramped nature of the floor plane

Material study iterations

The first iteration was the wire x plastic bag family, the goal with these iterations was to discover a way of utilizing the plastic bags stretchable characteristics to make a unit of some kind:

with this the bags were used in tiny amounts to create joints allowing for the wire to become a unit

this was an attempt to create a conical unit that kept itself taught through radial tension

This was meant to create an enclosed unit by taking an X shaped wire arrangement and wrapping it in a kite-type of formation

The next iterations involved the MDF board x bristol paper family:

The first iteration changing the number of peaks within the MDF

As well as using the same means of attaching the bristol together through slits in the folds of each shape

This iteration explores a change in orientation of the MDF

This iteration keeps the sloped characteristic of the original material study except this one uses smaller and more Bristol formations

These Bristol formations also meet by being attached at the edge rather than interlocking at their folds

5 material combination models

This combination uses the solid structure of MDF to organize and secure the Bristol paper in a pattern.

This combination was originally meant to display Rockite’s ability to fully enclose spaces and how glass provides a visual opening while keeping the void closed off. However during the casting process the rockite set much quicker than expected and prevented me from establishing the relationship I wanted to demonstrate.

This combination was meant to explore the ability to cast existing objects within plaster.

This combination was explores the structural capacity of basswood sticks while also exploring the topographical nature of length/height variation, this was established by using a plastic barrier that met where a basswood stick would end.

This combination is another exploration of structural capacity, this time within flexible steel wire. The black plastic bag is meant to be a skin, however better methods of keeping the bag taught on the wire frame will have to be discovered.

Arena Do Morro study, final drawings

The site plan at 1:100 scale

Sections at 1:100 scale

Detail at 1:20 scale


Arena Do Morro progress, 05/03



Arena Do Morro progress, first study

In order to understand the Arena Do Morro project, I attempted to replicate the floorplan of the site in order to get a general understanding of its layout. Much time was spent on finding official drawings as well as figuring out the scale of the image shown;

first attempt;

the scan unfortunately came out muddled

Analyzing the IAC building

For this assignment I chose to analyze the IAC building designed by Frank Gehry.

In terms of systems I deduced that the building consists of:

System A ) simple pilllars arranged in a sequence allowed by the concrete columns behind the building’s glazing.

System B ) a “twisting” effect on these pillars, due to the vertical mullions changing in angle, most often towards the south.

System C )  white fritted glass that progressively reveals clear glass toward the center, giving the building the appearance of either the sky, the hudson, or the buildings that surround the structure.