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  • [Revolv] _ Machina

    [Revolv] _ Machina
    los angeles CALIFORNIA

    ROBOT WORKSHOP COMPETITION
    Honorable Mention — $100

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project:

    anirudh DHAWAN & jili HUANG:The building is a dynamic form embedded and responding to its context by slowly revolving as it moves social gathering spaces to workshop, classroom, and administrative spaces. The heavy duty work involving the utilization of 6-7 axis Kuka robots is maintained in an internal vortex which acts as the controlling spine of the envelope form. The 3d printing and robotics workshops for territorial and responsive robots which involve less bulk tooling are given space above the ground floor.

    The contextual concerns of the site are addressed within the revolving form as it turns away from the smaller church and hugs closer to the taller building. The top is contextually rotated to align with the neighboring taller buildings.

    The facade is a multi-layered composite of zinc galvanized zinc panels paired with a memory responsive polymer. The MEP is embedded within the space frame where it acts along with the seasonal weather to actuate the responsive panels of the facade and allow natural ventilation within the building. Therefore the building is responsive to its internal programming as well as the external forces surrounding it. The peeling and local striated geometries are the result of the local conditions and culture of Brooklyn and the surrounding areas.

    The intent is to creative a contextualized creative assemblage of spaces where robotics can be explored and all scales of building can be conceived

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    aD &jH: Francois Roche, Tim Burton’s sketchbook, responsive skins, Robotics, shape memory materials, material behavior.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    aD &jH: Reading: AD Readers + Primers, Monu, Archinect blogs, Delanda, Phillip Ball; Listening: Daft Punk, Radiohead, Lamb of God, NIN, RATM, Florence and the Machine, Deadmau5, Bon Iver; Watching: Tim Burton Movies, South Park, Family Guy, SNL, Daily Show/Colbert Report, iRobot.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    aD &jH: Francois Roche, Achim Menges, Morphosis, Machineous, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Testa/Weiser, Coop Himmelblau.

    Additional credits and links:

    formal-substance (Anirudh Dhawan)
    para(noid)module (DHAWAN& HUANG)

    JURY COMMENTS:

    carla LEITAO: A building that understands robots are in love with polymers. True, since the beginning they would like to become one.

    simon KIM: The undulating envelope and internal tower that rotates is an interesting proposal. The patterned striations on the envelope denies a reading of the interior but promises an integrated mechanical system with polymer actuated cladding suspended in a spaceframe. The rotating tower situated within has no connection to the exterior unfortunately, to give meaning to a continually shifting programme in relation to fixed plates. This would have allowed an improvement on the tropes of singular shells and mechanized floors.

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