Master Thesis Presentation
Architecture and Performative Design
Staedelschule Architecture Class
Woven Flexure is derived from an investigation into woods intrinsic properties and its characteristics as an industrial layered material system, aka plywood. Taking advantage of the materials elastic bending behavior a three-fold system of plywood strips is devised.It is constituted by: locally differentiated cut patterns that splice the strip at each side, a degree of intersection of the splices, and the grain directionality. The interface between each module is fixed through continuous point connections of the overlapping splices These woven assembly constructs a configuration with global curvature that has the capability to carry its own weight. The system sets out a logic that has the potential to be applied to the screening and diffusing of light and wind in a diverse construction scale from furniture to large span roof structure.
Elastic bending behavior has the capability to be employed as material-forming strategy by producing differentiated building components from a flat standardized industrial product. Weaving, on the other hand, allows the component interface to be arranged within certain level of movement tolerance while keeping the integrity of the structure. Combining these two aspects together through parametric strategies allows a range of adaptability of the final geometry within relatively simple fabrication methods out of common hand tools. As an integrated design tool this method has the potential to provide alternate ways of reading tectonics. It provides an ontological technique to articulate the structural capacities of a selected material to perform as an art form. Instead of seeing elements in separate ways, the produced artifact is a blend of structure and ornament that represent the specific design process.
The material system has the advantage of being easy to deploy, lightweight, and can tolerate certain level of movement. Taking this into account, a site in Bali -Indonesia was chosen based on the position of high seismic activities, extreme topography, and the need of large span structure. The site is a seafront cliff with seventy-eight meter height difference and small creek running in the middle. Within the material performance and geometry boundary, a system was designed to provide differentiated structure and infrastructure. This will allow a visitors journey from top of the cliff to ocean below as a rich journey of shifting spaces through resting place and informal gathering place as well as place for artistic performance. The result is an articulated condition of structures and enclosures, which relates to topography, body ergonomy and environmental condition.