suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
daniella GOHARI, molly HUNKER, abby KATCHER, and daniel POEI: Point Blank is an exterior panelized rainscreen design, fabricated through the process of milling in foam and vacu-forming plastic. Instead of a tessellation that aggregates with specific rules to create a preconceived design, our panels are meant to aggregate in many orientations and groupings as an index of programmatic elements on the interior.
The project incorporates two primary panels, one a single hexagon, the second a metapanel made up of four hexagonal shapes, to create greater differentiation in panel boundaries, obscuring an obvious seaming pattern. The extreme relief of our spikes conceals the seams further by clustering about panel boundaries, in juxtaposition to the flat blank panels which reveal the seams as obvious. The project also includes a modified panel to turn the corner and another to turn the edge of the parapet.
The ridged-spikes that pull aggressively toward the viewer create a surface depth to our rainscreen that plays with light and shadow to the extreme of our machine capabilities. Matte black was chosen as the paint color to emphasize an elastic materiality to the field, while also reinforcing the aggressive nature of the spikes.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
dG, mH, aK + dP: Heather Roberge, our advisor, has been investigating the relationship between digital design and fabrication through technical seminars she has taught at UCLA. Unlike many studio courses, where students assume that whatever is first produced digitally will later be fabricated, this course intertwined digitally produced formal experiments and manufacturing processes from the outset. The course speculates that contemporary material matters do not concern “truth in materials” but rather breed new synthetic materialities provoking new sensations.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
dG, mH, aK + dP: murmur, Greg Lynn, Neil Denari, Hirsuta, Herzog + de Meuron, Tara Donovan
Instructor: Heather Roberge, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Teaching Assistant: Kagan Taylor