University of Cincinnati
critic: Mara MARCU.
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
Sam KISSING: Zoomable World/Misbehaved Tectonics explores the migration of a structural precedent into a dramatically mutated taxonomy function of a highly iterative prototyping and computational regime.
The strategy seeks to maximize site specificity and programmatic flexibility while allowing for instances of mutual influence to occur.
Departing from a parallel tensile membrane precedent, a hybrid cast in place lightweight shell was developed. This new taxonomy employs a traditional textile membrane coated with layers of resin which upon curing would be released from the mast and hinge scaffolding and assembled freely of these – otherwise mandatory, yet spatially impeding – structural constraints. Various physical models were developed to test the resilience and the enclosure gradient provided by this performative hybrid shells. The end result is an endless spatial grammar of formal typologies that can be acquired through the tensioning of the textile membrane, free of structural masts and hinges and with the hardness and transparency of glass or plastics.
As a result, a new system emerged to produce a contextually highly correlated, yet programmatically differentiated architectural taxonomy. An educational center for post-graduate professionals located in a forested park, the building is composed of a series of small span instructional units that modulate in scale to transition to a larger span meeting hall.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
SK: Frei Otto.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
SK: Reading Frank Herbert, Dune; listening to Jus†ice; watching Blade Runner.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
SK: Olson Kundig.