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Prasiolite State - Part 2 - Breaking the Box

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

/ The geometry experiment has taken inspiration from the various connection between crystal structure and molecular joint. The testing of geometrical attachment has been done to see the relationship between faces, edges, and vertices in which different polygons impact themselves and one another. The process has allowed us to discover distinct and radical features in the unique formation of different types of space, which may ultimately lead to a unique design experience.

In crystallography, crystal structure is a description of the ordered arrangement of atoms, ions or molecules in a crystalline material

Three types of crystalline bonding have revealed unique spatial qualities. The surface deduction has allowed us to recognize the relationship between positive and negative space

Volumetric deduction

The experiment has been carried out to search for alternative building blocks. The most primitive yet modern method of construction in architecture usually comes down to one geometrical solution, a cube, ninety degrees, and a square base foundation. Box shape has its advantages. It can fill space up quite efficiently, leaving no gap and easily fabricated as well as installed. Likewise, many other polygons can also create a seamless connection. However, the problem is not about being seamless. It's about whether these "seam" is being used to fulfill its advantage and benefit.

Therefore, the experiment is looking for alternative solutions, special features that a unique polygon can provide where a regular cube cannot.

Minimal surface model for our building block

The model is highlighted in white and orange to reveal the positive and negative space, including the parametric skin of the aggregated volume

/ Furthermore, we're looking for ways to deconstruct the generic angled box and reconstruct the geometry into a seamless curvature volume. One method is to pressure the polygon under the state of relaxation. Certain regions of the polygon are fixed. Acting as a tensile structure, the excess surface has collapsed down and compressed itself into an organic configuration.

The polygon undergoes the state of relaxation

/ The pressure test on our new polygon has been studied to assemble ideas and possibilities. These include deformity, altering relaxation levels, stacking density, and perforation. All of the distinct properties add up with one another to create a new character and functions, offering vigorous design experiences.

Early structure footprint

/ The early design proposal has taken shape as a multi-function wind tunnel that traps and channels fresh air from the secured region and redirects them to certain areas in the city that urgently need ventilation.

The ventilation model being tested impact against air flow

Design part 3D printed with plastic filament

Three scenarios of units occupying the space at diverging densities. This is use to visualize the scale, visual, sunlight, and overall atmospheric experience.

Aggregation in pursuit of functions

Another early model of our design development is a public recreational space that protects infrastructure and functions as a bus stop. The structure in the drawing is divided into red, white, and blue cells. The red units with openings play a role in capturing air sources at higher altitudes. Whereas whites are mediums that absorb radiation, causing pressure differentiation and channeling airflow to the next unit. Eventually reaching blue modules which diffuse air and help ventilate the proximity areas.

Other corresponding functions include protecting the city infrastructure such as electric poles, and trees; furthermore, providing shades, playground, bicycle stand, and seating areas for residents.

Early design proposal for multifunction and recreational public transportation space

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