Phase 4 //
I chose Jon’s project for the groupwork in this last fase. The first day we discused the design and made som overall decisions. Then the walls was drawn analogous and the values were transferred to the grasshopper definition. Roughly, the definition creates geometries trough lines from Rhino and points on the lines which are displaced and extruded. Then the joints are made with a boolian function. The geometries are “cut” trough the middel to create the optimal 2D drawing ready to cut. The program Nest helps spreading the geometries on the give material wiht minimum Waste.
Phase 3 // Decomposition
Decomposition? A new word.. We are now approaching the design phase – which was kind of unexpected, because the result from phase two was a structure without any kind of architectural quality or potential. Therefore, I had to create a new – simpler design I could continue to work with. The outcome of this was just the one tedious model after the other. When I finally created a “decent” model (with inspiration from others) I searched for guidance, and it turned out the assignment was approached wrongly.
I had to decompose my model from phase two. Part by part; what is the function of this, and how can it be optimized in relation to strategy and subsequently also spacious and structural.
The poster from this phase is illustrated below.
Through this phase different solutions to the component parts appeared.
I tried to create an air cushion to redirect the wind round it.
It was still hard to create a unified whole, and it should be taking into consideration that the structure should be made of 120x120x21 plates, which demands a bunch of joints.
It is as always hectic, and I am not fully satisfied with the result yet, even though the time is running. Poster is in the top of this phase.
Phase 2 // Composition
In this phase we still investigate airflow, but this time through several elements in a spatial composition. During the first two days a basic airflow-strategy is developed and later the airflow-strategy will be complemented by a structural and spatial strategy. The experiments are all tested in a wind tunnel (flue). The final structure will be produced in slabs of wood. Some of the eksperiments are illustrated below.
The air-flow strategy was to create turbulens from one side and a windfree room from the other. You can see the poster from the pinup below.
Test of different airflow strategies:
The second strategi was to guide the wind up trough a passageway.
The first one creates turbulens in one winddirection and a room with no wind in the other direction
The prefatory eksperiments:
Phase 1 // Element and Dynamic
During this phase we are studying aerodynamic through experiments using vertical walls and a horizontal plane covered with salt. The wind from a hairdryer creates patterns in the salt. This gives an understanding of the airflow in a given setup (four setups a day).
Day 5 – February 7th 2011
Day 4 – February 4th 2011
Day 3 – February 3th 2011
Day 2 – February 2th 2011
First day of experimenting