Materials in Equilibrium

Architecture Formal Study

The Challenge

In this assignment, we were given one sheet of plywood and asked to create a platform capable of holding a person in standing or sitting position. The platform could not use glue, nails, screws, or any form of adhesive. Furthermore, the platform needed to have a 3/4″ inch gap somewhere in its structure when holding the person.

The Solution

My partner and I decided to create a rocking chair that demonstrated its ability to hold a 3/4″ gap in two states of rest when occupied by a person. We conceived of our rocking chair as a triangular wedge with a cross-brace nestled into a cradle-like platform. The chair successfully held two 3/4″ gaps.

Construction

Material Study: Equilibrium
Plywood Cutting Diagram
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium
Material Study: Equilibrium