suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
atelier MANFERDINI: This installation focuses on the relationship between scripting and fabrication in architecture. The wall has been designed following general rules of planar tessellation and aggregation. “tessella” is a small piece of glass used to make mosaics. The design of the components was obtained by running a script that blended two primitive figures along an axial plane of the installation with no overlaps and no gaps. A basic dia-grid anchored the size and the rhythm of each cell. The initial script was not based on the logic of the Penrose algorithm, which relies on 2 modules to tile the entire plane. Instead the script was engineered to follow a linear deformation of one cell into another. Therefore each component is perfectly interlocking with each other into the grid but also is different from the surrounding ones.
As a result of this variation the final mathematical drawing displays a tension between the visibility of the figure and the logic of the field. This initial two-dimensional plane has been used to create a system of three-dimensional components which constitute the final installation. Constructed by powder coated aluminum panels intricately connected together, each component has been CNC cut and folded in place. The metal used to build the components has been powder coated with various colors that continue in the graphic of the floor to create an immersive colorful experience. The highly faceted geometry of the installation along with the saturated color finish of its surfaces creates a deep play of chromatic effects.
Texas A&M Wall Installation
College of Architecture
The wall is made by the aggregation of 72 powder coated panels, cut by a CNC machine and folded in place.
Construction from March to May, 2011
Arlecchino was constructed by Atelier Manferdini with a team of 15 Texas A&M students who contributed to the design process, cost analysis, structural behavior, modeling, fabrication and erection of the final piece. Students were exposed to a broad range of experiences in this workshop leading to a better understanding of potential relationship of design and fabrication logics.
Special thanks to:
Robert Anthony Upton
Phoung-Cac Le Than
CNC cutting: Texas A & M (Architecture Ranch)
Vinyl Printing: Sign Pro
Aluminum: Brazos Industries