Łódź University of Technology
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Sebastian BIAŁKOWSKI, Tudor Eugeniu COSMATU, & Alexander KALACHEV (tutors): The aim of the workshop was to build a fully parameterized 1:1 scale Pavilion. . . .
This pavilion—flexible enough to host numerous KAT events—would be an expression of both applied physical forces and imposed design decisions acting as shape defining criteria. The final design is based on a formal concept—defined by the usage of natural forces in order to generate catenary arches, a structural concept—which is a result of the superimposition of origami logic in order to define load bearing structural elements, and an intelligent connection concept—which rely on no binder and allow the repeated assembly and disassembly of the structure. For such a complex task to be grasped at once, the process had to be split in two distinctive parts: the form finding script and the connection and perforation script.
The structure is composed of 570 triangular elements, which make use of classical wood joints with no need for extra binder, totaling 200 square meters of 15mm plywood. The perforation of the elements evolves on the vertical and emphasizes the structural catenary arches embedded in the pavilions design.
The pavilion has been assembled by the participants in the weeks following the workshop and has been already part of the Lodz Design Festival. Thanks to the ingenious connecting logic, the pavilion will be reassembled in spring for diverse events organized by KAT.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SB, TEC, & AK: Antonio Gaudi, Frei Otto, Buckminster Fuller, David Rutten, and Daniel Piker.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SB, TEC, & AK: Reading: Michael Meredith, Aranda-lasch, and Mutsuro Sasaki, From Control to Design: Parametric/Algorithmic Architecture; Achim Menges, Material Computation: Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design Architectural Design; and Kostas Terzidis, Algorithmic Architecture.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SB, TEC, & AK: Tom Wiscombe, Skylar Tibbits, Michael Hansmeyer, Kokkugia, Achim Menges, Shajay Bhooshan, Minimaforms, MIT, ICD/ITKE, EPFL, and ETH.
Additional credits and links:
ORGANIZERS: Piotr Adamski, Olga Chrzanowska, Rafał Jóźwiak, Ewelina Stawowy (student association of Lodz University).
TUTORS: M.Arch Sebastian Białkowski, M.Arch Tudor Eugeniu Cosmatu (AL_TU, T_A_I), M.Arch Alexander Kalachev (AL_TU, Dessau Institute of Architecture)
PARTICIPANTS: Łukasz Barej, Bartosz Bochyński, Tomasz Chojnacki, Dominika Dudek, Aleksander Dynarek, Edyta Fularz, Andrzej Giełzak, Katarzyna Janiszewska, Katarzyna Kazimierczyk, Piotr Kluszczyński, Paulina Kowalska, Michał Kozłowski, Klaudia Królikowska, Emilia Makaruk, Anna Mastalerz, Joanna Sibrecht, Łukasz Stawiński, Aleksander Świątek, Andrzej Pajączkowski, Sylwia Pawłowska, Łukasz Pieńczykowski, Paulina Rodzeń, and Martyna Wróblewska.