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  • Augmented Skin

    Youngseok DOO, Kazushi MIYAMOTO, & Theodora Maria MOUDATSOU, "Augmented Skin." Interior.
    london UNITED KINGDOM

    Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
    GAD, Research Cluster 6
    critics: Daniel WIDRIG, Stefan BASSING, & Soomeen HAHM.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Youngseok DOO, Kazushi MIYAMOTO, & Theodora Maria MOUDATSOU: This project explores the design by unique crafting technique by wrapping sticks in stretchy fabric and utilizing them to cast concrete.

    This technique utilizes different materials that have opposite characteristics, such as solid stick and elastic fabric. The combination of the characteristics of these materials causes the resultant object is transmute into an inimitable and unexpected shape. The purpose of casting is to capture the shape after it has been determined; casting also has a structural function.

    The internal cross-shaped stick functions as structural material to reinforce the casting material. The dynamic surface of the elastic fabric is constrained by the distribution of the internal stick components whose composition is distributed randomly. In addition, the fabric is coated with PVA for casting. Finally, this semi-rigid, self-supporting tension system serves as the formwork for concrete casting.

    Furthermore, we use two design logics: strand and skin. The strand is inspired by the human body’s skeleton; it is a string-like form that becomes the main structure. The skin, created between the strand components, forms the surface of a space. Digital simulation is utilised for surface deformation design, the distribution design of the strand components and structural testing.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    YD, KM, & TMM: Daniel Widrig, Stefan Bassing, and Soomeen Hahm.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
    YD, KM, & TMM: Reading: Marcos Cruz, The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture; Philip Ball, The Self-made Tapestry: Pattern Formation in Nature; and much more.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    YD, KM, & TMM: Daniel Widrig, Stefan Bassing, and Soomeen Hahm.

    Additional credit and links:
    A special thanks to Daniel Widrig, Stefan Bassing, and Soomeen Hahm.

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