Architecture of Air

The architectural brief given was to develop a structure that spans the width and length of our desks (30in x 60in) using nylon and wire. The construction cannot attach to the desk and must be supported independently. 

I tackled this problem by trying to find the best economic solution. Since the wire they gave us was not able to reach the span of the desk, I focused my attention on trying to extend it. I also focused on how to use the fabric so that it will transcend being only a skin. I wanted a structure with all parts playing a role without anything being decorative. 

Basic Unit/Module:

Both fabric and wire are used to create a module that is in continuous tension giving it strength and rigidity which allows it to retain its shape.

Connection/Joint:

The pieces completely rely on tension for the connection using both the fabric and the wire. It is a highly efficient design that takes advantage of the natural attributes of the materials given. 

Final Iteration:

All members of the structure are designed as opposing tension forces that equal out to create a structure in equilibrium.

My design for this project was mainly inspired by the constraints of the project including materials, size and the need for spanning. I wanted to create a structure that efficiently follows the constraints without the use of any unnecessary parts and materials. Thus, this structure has no non-functional members and it is completely self-reliant and integrated. It is a structure in where no material can be replaced with another. It has the possibility to endlessly span in the horizontal direction. 


Architectural Design

RISD Spring 2013 

Prof. James Barnes

 

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