Material StudiesArchitecture Formal Studies
Our assignment was to study a material that could be made transparent but isn’t inherently transparent. I laced together strips of aluminum flashing in a lattice pattern with increasingly large holes. The lattice is then folded over a platform in order to create a shelter with semi-transparent cover. The shelter is not actually enclosed but gives the sense of creating a closed space. An individual reaches the platform through a thick, monolithic wall in order to increase the dramatic difference between actual enclosure and perceived enclosure. The metal fan is built as a full loop in order to further emphasize its enclosed system.
In this assignment, we were asked to investigate a material in compression. I created an exploding box that is formed by a smaller inner box and three L-shaped pieces that fit together to form a larger box. Each exploding element is located in a different quadrant of the workspace and has lines made from piano wire to demonstrate the lateral slide each piece conceptually makes. The piano wire also serves as the structure that holds the concrete pieces, so there is a play between compression and tension. The ladder element allows individuals to access the upper spaces without distracting from the organizing principles of the model.
In this project, we were asked to study a material in suspension. I created a space with two occupiable platforms at different levels. The platforms are suspended by a single piece of string that wraps around the structural grid in regular intervals. The string holds a ladder that leads to the upper platform and also holds a canvas canopy above the space. The string is wrapped around nails in the structural grid in order to help hold the canopy shape, but it is conceivable that the platforms could shift positions like a scale if we constructed the model with less rigidity.