Freitag, 30. November 2007

Donnerstag, 29. November 2007

CONTINUUM Group - Final Model

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Based on natural phenomenon we describe strata as elements that are part of a single system with multiple views. An important characteristic is the sedimentation process that occurs in time and that can be observed in the leveling of strata. Strata are the hard and compact result of sediment accumulation. Each stratum can be identified from the whole system for its slight contour change.
Different stratum contours occur with the influence of materials’ qualities and other external conditions. Different slops, drifts and twist in the strata shape are presented as an effect of those changing qualities and conditions.

Experimenting the abstract machine

With our keyword, stratification, as the engine we sought to transfer the nature of what it means to generate our abstract machine. The behavior of the abstract encapsulated interpretations of our keyword, such as, “from different folding (stratum) things will spread out (architectonic elements)”; corresponding to this we tried to implement different stratum behavior on different levels with periodical changeable conditions interpreting them to architectonic elements and capturing different materials quality clarifying the process of sedimentation and the tectonic quality of the main body..
Inner Spaces and linking processes occur continuously spreading out from periodical tectonic structure over all the system. Surfaces correspond with the process and are interpreted in the structure’s development, there for sediment beds flowing above each others in different procedures appear.
Process of sedimentation and the tectonic quality of main body:

Inclination - Drifting - Twisting - Superposition - Bending - Melting


Here we state the different stratum in the process of creating the model where each one adopted a particular architectural role.
Strata 001 - base of the model as a foundation, ground floor and interior
Strata 002 - first floor slab, interior, interior architecture elements such as stairs and benches
Strata 003 – shell structure, walk-through roof, stairs, openings for light


The idea of the folly is to be a structure that emerges and melts into the ground; therefore we are considering a material that can be presented in many different ways, from being rock-like, heavy and hard, to being bendable and smooth, a material that has the possibility of blocking and letting light through. As an overall idea of what the structure will be made of we are taking concrete as our starting point, and investigating the possibilities of this material.
High performability concrete: material allows unparalleled flexibility in structural design
Translucent concrete: it’s thinnest sheets of the new concrete transmits sunlight, providing sufficient light to create a glow inside the structure
Color changing concrete: new type of system that allows you to dynamically display patterns, numbers and text in the surface of a concrete slab
Glass: art glass panels are finely crafted inserts available in a wide range of sizes to precisely fit windows and openings

Project achievements:

Characterized strata and the nature of the bounding surfaces.
Understanding the concepts of sequence of stratification.
Applying stratification into an architectural program.
Dynamic structure of the object.
Architectural elements and spaces for multiple uses.
Active adjoining spaces inside-out and vice versa.
Creating linked spaces.
Dramatic and mysterious spaces.
Environment in which panels are continuously reshaped by a network of stratas.
Representing natural and artificial lighting.
Appling texture and color.
Project aims to find an effective solution that can realize flexible and very active shapes (stratas) form the very hard and heavy-looking material and structure.
Representing an interactive structure with emergent properties that condenses in the final architectural form.

Website of the National Building Museum with projects
using concretes that have various superior construction

King - Intermediate Process

Technology Links:
Geopolymer >> energy efficient materials
Geopolymer is a term covering a class of synthetic aluminosilicate materials with potential use in a number of areas.

CRFP >> fluid form >> high elasticity
Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP or CRP), is a very strong, light and expensive composite material or fiber reinforced plastic.
Features :
low specific gravity, exquisite mechanical properties (high specific tensile strength, high specific elastic modulus, etc.)
attractive performances (electric conductivity, heat resistance, low thermal expansion coefficient, chemical stability, self-lubrication property, high heat conductivity, etc.)

We are still deepening the concept of the fabrication and modification using the hybrid processes of selective laser cladding (SLC) and milling.

group TIA "Viscosity/ Intermediate Results"

Example of Viscosity in architecture

Material/ Technology Links:

The term viscosity is usually used in reference to liquids and their resistance to movement depending on density. This term can however be explored architecturally in terms of materiality, light and shadow, form and space. We intend for the purposes of the creation of the folly to explore viscosity of light within architectural spaces.
When light encounters an obstacle which it cannot pass through a shadow is created. However depending on the transparency of material, different intensities of light can enter a space.
We have observed through our chicken wire and gypsum model that material surface characteristics as well as openings and conditions of transparency, result in various viscosities of light conditions within a space.
We intend to implement these interesting phenomena in the creation of our folly and have began the exploration process by using TopMod to create various types of surface conditions and from there used the 3d Max program to explore the conditions of light and shadow created by these spaces.


here is the link to the movie we created about our model (1oo Mb) :

download movie


not yet built :)


Article about Nanogel, the world’s lightest solid material. It can be used to increase the thermal efficiency of glazing systems.

Research from the University of Michigan regarding deposition modeling being used to create small solid metal components.

New technologies to develop expansive curved glazing systems.