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Prasiolite State - part II - Breaking the Box

Updated: Feb 12

/ The geometry experiment takes inspiration from the various connection of crystal structure and molecular joint. The testing of geometrical attachment is done to see the relationship between faces, edges, and vertices in which different polygons impact on itself and one another. The process allowed us to discover distinct and radical features in the unique formation of different type of space, which may ultimately lead to fresh 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 revealed unique spatial quality. The surface deduction allowed us to recognize the relationship between positive and negative space

From cube to polygon

The experiment was carried out to search for an alternative accumulation of building blocks. The most primitive yet modern method in constructing space 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 as well as easily fabricated and 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 its highest advantage and benefit.

Therefore, the experiment is looking for alternative solutions, that a polygon with special features can provide, and a regular cube can never be able to perform.

Minimal surface model for building block

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

/ Furthermore, to break outside the angled box and successfully reconstruct the geometry into a curvature volume. One method is to pressure the polygon under the state of relaxation. Certain regions of the polygon were fixed. Acting as a tensile structure, excess surface collapsed down and compressed itself into an organic embodiment.

The polygon undergoes the state of relaxation

/ The pressure test on organic polygons was studied to assemble options and possibilities. The experiment includes changing deformities, relaxation levels, stacking density, perforating, and filling aggregation. All the separated properties add up with one another to create a new character and function in the vigorous design experience.

Early structure footprint

/ Early design proposal takes shape as multi-function wind tunnels which trap and channel 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 inside the space at diverging percentage were compared to differentiate scale, visual, sunlight, and overall atmospheric experience inside the architecture

Aggregation inspected for functionality

Another early model for design development is a public recreation space which protects infrastructure and also acts as a bus stop. The structure in the drawing was divided into red, white, and blue. The red units with openings play a role in capturing air source at higher altitude. Whereas whites are mediums which absorb radiation, causing pressure difference, and channeling flow to the next unit. Eventually reaching blue modules which diffuse air and helps ventilate proximity areas.

Other corresponding function offered includes protecting city infrastructure such as electric poles, trees, provide shades, playground, bicycle stand, and seating areas for residents.

Early design proposal for multifunction and recreation bus space

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