Part 3- 1:1 (partial) mock-up installation at AIA San Francisco gallery, 2016
The Tectonics: Applying Irregular Paneling
To allow a tectonic system to actualize this form, an irregular paneling system was assigned to mimic the way paneling happens in nature. Similar to formation of skin texture or a dry lotus, where cells grow in variety of sizes and shapes based on their exposure to different field conditions, computational design can calculate a variety of different cell sizes inside a surface. Using Kangaroo mesh tools in this exercise, while adding a level of organization and efficiency to the paneling, makes them even more random and unpredictable. The program has a feature that connects a series of cells by some internal logic and outputs a series of strips as opposed to individual cells. Basically, it makes a cluster of connected cells that are randomly grouped and form the overal surface. Even though Kangaroo helps to unfold all the strips all at once that are ready to be unrolled by Rhino into a flat surface, still the cluster is completely irregular and unsorted. Yet, it is quite possible to organize these panels by color coding and grouping manually.
336 unfolded mesh strips, Materials: laser cut 0.2" thick polypropylene+ recycled plastic rivets.