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.


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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