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  • Material Systems / Structural Geometry

    Material Systems / Structural Geometry. America´s Cup Pavilion, San Francisco.
    cambridge MASSACHUSETTS

    Harvard GSD
    critic: lisa IWAMOTO & craig SCOTT

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    sandra HERRERA: The 2013 America’s Cup sailing regatta will take place in San Francisco Bay. The project’s site (and program) is the original proposed for this venue: the wedge shaped pier 27. The proposal is generated based on the idea of the pier itself becoming a building out of the interaction of three interdependent skins, all of which are both structure and enclosure.

    Hyperbolic-parabolic configurations were selected as the main focus of the research because of their doubly ruled nature, and therefore ability to be described by linear discrete elements, and also for their structural performance, spanning long distances with material thickness optimization. While all three surfaces are based on “hypar” geometries, they each have certain specificities, materiality (wood beams and board formed concrete) and a unique range of possible transformations that respond to different scales and programmatic requirements.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    sH: Instructors Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott. The work of Félix Candela and Constructivist sculptors Antoine Pevsner and Naum Gabo.

    What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    sH: “Tragsysteme” by Heino Engel.

    Whose work is currently on your radar?
    sH: ISAR, Scott Cohen, Herzog and de Meuron, UN Studio . . .

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