suckerPUNCH:Describe your project.
vlad TENU: MC/2* is the latest prototype from the Minimal Complexities series, an architectural design research focused on the form-finding and fabrication of minimal surface structures. Computationally generated, the surfaces use an algorithmic process inspired by principles of self-organisation found in nature, while conforming to various construction and digital fabrication parameters. Along the lines of modularity and efficiency through the repetition of identical components, intricately complex surfaces are created with only a few types of component, with applications in architecture, product and fashion design.
In line with the previous experiments in achieving increased formal complexity with minimum amount of different constituent modules, MC/2* is created with only 2 different types of component. Reduced to a minimal level of tessellation, the surface is composed of 500 pieces and it proves to have a remarkable structural integrity, despite the flexible nature of the material used – 1mm thick laser-cut polypropylene. Based on a Neovius triply periodic minimal surface, the structure is composed of 250 identical modular regions, each created by 2 different pieces
Supported by Surface, MC/2* has been inaugurated on the occasion of an Open House event in the Digital Shoreditch Festival 2012 on the 24th of May 2012. Along with the previous Minimal Complexity prototype, the piece is included as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase in the London Architecture Festival 2012 and London Design Festival 2012. Entitled Minimal Complexities, the exhibition will be open to the public, from 23rd of June until the 23rd of September 2012.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
vT: Self-organising systems, triply periodic minimal surfaces, and Bridget Riley.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
vT: Little Dragon.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
vT: Tom Wiscombe, Marc Fornes, and Neri Oxman.