ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL
Our intention of this project was to be as efficient as possible. We were interested in exploring expedient fabrication and construction techniques through modularity and began with the aspiration of making a complex form with simple units. The entire project was constructed and moved onto site in one 24-hour period. As a two person team competing against 3-person teams, we were the last ones to begin and the first ones to finish. The project was completed under budget and designed for zero waste with all sizing was based on optimal use of material and time.
We were interested in exploring expedient fabrication and construction techniques through modularity. We began with the aspiration of making a complex form with simple units. To avoid potential complications or delays with CNC machinery, we used manual processes with bulk actions.
Our site was to enclose the interstitial space in the stairwell between floors six and seven. We reacted to a seat being designed in the site by playing with ideas of intimacy and voyeurism. Using grasshopper script, we developed optimal unit and panel sizing to fit within the space and transition between the three walls.
The wall is built of eight panels which are slotted into each other at will. The panels are identical and can be flipped and rotated to weave to fit. A jig was built out of MDF to ensure quality control and that each panel would remain identical. 2”x4” pieces of timber were cut 8 inches long and painted orange on the ends to signify the public relation of the project. The length of each wood unit allowed for full use of each 2”x4”. The 2”x4”x8” pieces were then quickly placed into the jig and adhered together. Each panel would take one hour to fabricate. The height of the panel is derived from the amount of jig pieces that could be made out of one 4’x8’ sheet of MDF.
This project has been published in the Yale’s Retrospecta ‘12/’13.