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  • Ice Crystal

    Virginia MELNYK, "Ice Crystal." Exterior rendering.
    buffalo NEW YORK

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.

    Virginia MELNYK: Ice Crystal arrives from a series of aggregations and adjustments inspired by the way snowflakes and ice crystals are formed.

    Using computational design to generate growth cycles, and manually manipulating outputs for desired proportions and organization, the structure arises from the assembly of tetrahedrons. Each of the different generations combine to shape the pavilion, built on top of one another and decreasing in scale every new generation. The proposed framework would be made from PVC pipes with unique connectors at all the joints, digitally fabricated with 3-D printing. The surfaces of the tetrahedrons would be made from silver Mylar, or common “space” or emergency blankets. The space blanket feels warm as the result of reflecting heat from the body back onto the body. The Ice Crystal warming hut feels warm, in contrast it’s cool iceberg-like appearance on the snow-covered landscape. Once inside, colors of the skaters clothes begin to reflect across the Mylar walls, producing a kaleidoscope effect inside the structure.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?
    VM: Crystal formation, snowflakes, sugar, mylar “space blankets,” and L-systems.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    VM: Reading Art Architecture Complex and listening to Andrew Bird.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
    VM: FreelandBuck; SOFTlab; Ball-Nogues Studio; and Oyler-Wu Collaborative.

    Additional credits and links:
    [virginiamelnyk.blogspot.com]

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