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
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
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.
The site plan at 1:100 scale
Sections at 1:100 scale
Detail at 1:20 scale
detail of the wall’s inner workings
Since the first attempt was scaled incorrectly, I started over, this time using the metric system at a scale of 1:100.
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;
the scan unfortunately came out muddled