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  • Ribbon Folly

    Ribbon Folly
    beijing CHINA

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    virginia MELNYK: The Ribbon folly is a design proposal for an urban folly. Unlike a typical folly located in a rolling english garden the Ribbon folly is surrounded by urban fabric. Therefore its design, instead of mimicking greek or historical architectural styles as traditional follie does. The Ribbon folly takes the approach to mimic nature and the formations of fluid formations. The swooping pavillion is created by the agglomeration of a singular flowing pattern. The pattern is made from the folding of a continuous sheet of veneer wood.

    The parameters to develop pattern were modeled through studying the dynamic principles of natural systems and mimicked using parametric modeling techniques. The result is thickened surface that folds over to create a habitable interior. The depth of the surface allows light to filter in a natural specular pattern like light through tree leaves. The Ribbon folly manages to create the architectural monumentality of a folly by using the technology of parametric modeling to mirror the beauty of nature.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    vM: Natural organisational systems, fluid dynamics, Grasshopper plugin for Rhino, Kangaroo plugin for grasshopper, Maya Cloth, Tara Donovan and Roland Snooks.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    vM: learning: Mandarin Chinese / listening: to the Crystal Castles and M83 / watching: Melancholia, Virgin Suicides, and Watchmen.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    vM: Kokkugia, theverymany, softlab, Francis Bitonti and HWKN

    Additional credits and links:

    Special thanks to Adam Hostetler.

    [virginia MELNYK]

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