DigiFAB@UHCoA with scott MARBLE and METALAB : this semester METALAB partners andrew VRANA and joe MEPPELINK taught with scott MARBLE at university of houston college of architecture in a visiting critics studio and digital fabrication seminar. the focus of the work has been on “designed assemblies” and the use of parametric software (grasshopper and paneling tools). the project was to design the jury space within the new student services center in the architecture building. The students have developed a ceiling cloud that is proposed to clip on to an modified suspended ceiling grid using lightweight folded aluminum panels that are designed to incrementally change dimension and drape into the space below. constraints and variables within the parametric models allowed for the extraction of 150 unique panels that are also perforated with their own individual pattern.
the goal of the variations in the overall ceiling system are to disburse and dissipate sound through refraction and absorption created by the corrugation in the panels and their perforation. the gradient of holes also are calibrated to allow more light to penetrate in the center of the space.
university of houston gerald d. hines college of architecture, fifth year
studio and digital fabrication seminar project
scott MARBLE, visiting critic (marble fairbanks/columbia gsapp)
andrew VRANA & joe MEPPELINK, adjunct professors, uhcoa/metalab
rajaa ISSA, paneling tools and grasshopper parametric software support
(mcneel & associates)
ambox limited, cnc laser cutting
studio students: eric ARNOLD (lighting and acoustics), hugo PALMA
(modularity), preetal SHAH (patterning), jonathan ALJETS (display systems),
fabian VARGAS (fabrication) and alan NGUYEN (parametric design)
digital fabrication seminar: marco TERAN, travis MCCARRA, jenny MACEDO, lara
HAMILTON, agustin PREBISCH and alex SMITH