Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Inspired by Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of radiolarians and diatoms, this tile has become a literal landscape of translucency. Because of its symmetrical nature, the tile can be aggregated in numerous ways. I chose to display the tiles hanging upside down. With enough tiles, they could be aggregated to create an undulating and translucent ceiling system.
The armature for the unit pieces comprised a set of steel arms and ball joints, holding a copper dish assembly hammered from a parabolic CNC-cut mold.
installation: flexible armatures allow a range of possibility in abutting the units
light glows through translucent porcelain while reflected by copper dish and glossy tiles behind.
The topography of the aggregated form helps blend the units together. Some of the tiles' nodes bulge to create bulbs for lighting.
Each of the four sides of the units meet differently to nest in an Escher-inspired tessellation.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The concept of this project was to create a bi-porus wall system out of units having interlocking modular lobes. This bricks could then be flipped into multiple orientations according to programmatic (light, air, plants) requirements. The systems took a formal precedent form the heterogeneous hierarchical forms of lichen on rocks and a conceptual precedent of lipid membranes that make up cell walls. The nodes on the end of each 'bone' contain the apertures and lateral interlocking mechanisms while the internal spandrel piece scales down to create an interior space inside the wall for a cast or formed in support matrix. In the final produced piece each module containing 4 bricks (2 press molded solid, 1 slipped hollow, and one transparent resit) is held together by melted acrylic sheets and hardware. This would allow quicker construction and modularity while maintaining transparency in the interior spandrel voids.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Upon studying Ernst Haeckel's illustration of Euchitonia and karakusa Japanese patterns, the primary goal of the tile design was to investigate the negative space and outline that is created once the tiles are configured consecutively. The tiles can be arranged in various fashions producing different qualities of negative space from symmetrical and uniform to more sculpted were the space moves from a state of compression to expansion.