LAMINAR FLOW

LAMINAR FLOW

Working through a set of incremental exercises, sequence of studies were produced, culminating into a full scaled, collaboratively constructed project that was installed in the school. Initial studies examined specific material and structural relationships, focusing on how these relationships can systematically change when a study is subjected to a new set of criteria’s. The site was the school’s main entry hall, used by students coming to class and by visitors on their way to the Keck Hall for lectures. Therefore, the systems that were considered for the project were circulation paths, environmental controls, structure and lighting. Sections drawn through these systems were themselves transformed into a set of curvilinear profiles and then morphed with intermediary profiles creating a “Laminar Flow”. The installation, which was primarily attached to the corridor’s unfinished concrete wall, permitted eye-level views along its surface and into its interior, which seemed to connect experiential to the corridor’s circulation. The construction of the project consisted of a total of 57 hand-cut profiles out of standard 1/4” Birch Plywood. The 6000+ connections across the project’s exterior stranded surface, each of which was laboriously hand-constructed from ply and basswood, contributed a measure of structural rigidity to the project.

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