Monday, March 09, 2009

090309_POLY-FACETS Ceiling (DD)

Few images of a entrance hall project developed for a famous high end hotel brand in Bahrain.

The design is pretty simple and mainly relies on a dramatic "weaved" ceiling: its overall surface geometry - symmetric - is responding to two grand staircases; it is "dressed" through similar tiling (non repetitive) based on a simple mix between a honeycomb pattern and a faceted diamond shape.

1.6m x 1.6m mock up (1:1) - Fabrication Milgo/Bufkin, Brooklyn, NYC
The sample panel was fabricated from 8 continuous folded strips, laser cut from flat sheets (1/16" thick stainless steel) and welded together (the overall weights around 90 kilos!)

Originally thought as golden anodized aluminum it was finally replaced with a metallic golden lacquer finish apply once assembled mainly to avoid the maximum of scratches due to processing (laser cut, folding, etc...)

note: many thanks to Lucios Santos for the photos!

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Sunday, April 06, 2008


"Aperiodic Vertebrae v2.0"
(project team: Marc Fornes / Skylar Tibbits)
NODE08 (
April 5th - 12th, Frankfurt / Germany

Many thanks to Eno Henze ( & the entire VVVV team ( for their invitation & sponsorship

Like the form finding, all the panels, connections pieces and "helpers" coded strings engraved have all been 100% the result of a performative explicit protocol entirely coded in vb...
That part - even though presented down the row as a formal exercice / sculpture - has always been though from scratch as performative test / prototypical methodologie/process to convince further consulting work...

Here are the templates for CNC milling of the panels; 12 unique shapes only are much easier to nest (simple arrays) than all custom pieces...
Many thanks to Quadrant EPP USA, Inc. ( for providing the 7 sheets of polyethylene required (3/16″ thick)
Many thanks to Continental Signs ( and Jared Laucks for the CNC cut of those panels

Here are 5 (out of 7) templates for the connections to be laser cut on acrylic sheets (3/16″ thick) - total of 320 unique pieces
Many thanks to Dick Dunlop for the access to the laser cutter (3/16″ acryclic)

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

080130_Exhibition: Aperiodic_Vertebrae

THEVERYMANY has been set up based on a continuum research on explicit and encoded protocols within design - the first implicit consequence of its core is to let traces; those traces - often under the format of simple text files - allow to exactly reproduce or alter the model, eventually share axioms... but it somehow also requires to admit and assume those traces, if so, one can learn from mistakes, errors and/or tolerances of previous stages or generation based on feed back...

Yesterday was the kick start in Berlin of the assembly process for the installation -once again the amount of components generated through a long chaine of various small codes / utilities has directly revealled "dirt"/issues hidden behind a fast/furious seamless process... yet nothing extraordinary beyond the purpose of a physical mock up: large scale test for a complete automate pipe line of form & drawing generation...

One of the significant issue we came across is related to the nature of tiling and computation - the subdivision algorythm is based on a recursive protocol (or SUBSTITUTION) which is first drawing a primitve pyramide (within a choice of four primitives) which then gets subdivide - the process is repeated many times within itself to generate self-similarity... the issue there is that within each generation the protocol requires to "compare" (points, lenght, areas, etc...) and that matching process needs to determine whether two geometry or parameters are "equal" given an inevitable rounding errors... unfortunately the rounding errors are bound to accumulate whithin each generation...

Yet it wasn't any special issue except when point connection gets generated and therefore requires to increase the tolerance factor not to miss any neighbors... though applying overal tolerance is triggering other error trapping while small naming or matching utilities code are running as host on the larger protocol...

Anyway - suming up it is yet still triggering slight erros and confusion - though I'd like to be transparent and learn within those error trapping - it is defintively part of a certain material paradigm debugging...

Let see which surprises are we getting tomorrow...
"a chaque jour sa peine..."

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