The objective of the assignment was to design and fabricate a boundary that defines space. Our original intention of our investigation was to create a light and mobile shading structure so we felt that fabric architecture and material stretching over frames lent itself well to a temporary and self assembled enclosure.
The first set of models we produced were focused on finding a geometry that could be both receptive as frames to the fabric as well as compatible with each other in ways that could produce a robust and dynamic form.
After deciding on the triangle as the basic shape, the next step of development was to determine how the pieces would connect to each other. We decided to make the fabric a more performative piece of the assembly. By tucking triangles into each other at certain corner connections, the form could hold an arch or dome shape by the tension created across itself.
In order to reduce wasted material, each leg of the triangle was cut separately and combined by overlapping and fastening them in the corners. We investigated the dimension and material of the triangle assembly as well as the fasteners needed to give us the desired form and weight of the overall assembly.
Collaborators: Elizabeth Himmel & Wyler Murray