Team: Daniel Giuffre, Luke Geiles, Thomas Ffloulkes, Ivan Tan, Hao Zhang, Luke Myers
Computation Design Specialists: If/LAB
Budget: $1000 (Prototype)
Client: UWA School of Design
Location: School of Design Campus UWA
Status: Completed, Nov 2015
Fabricators: Daniel Giuffre, Luke Geiles, Thomas Ffloulkes, Ivan Tan, Hao Zhang, Luke Myers
This research project explored advanced digital fabrication techniques through an exhibition pavilion. The algorithmic design process explored many design parameters within the pavilion, including maximizing natural lighting, minimizing prevailing winds and utilizing digital fabrication techniques to explore the idea of mass customization as a manufacturing process with the same unit cost as mass production.
The form is generated through a physics based algorithm to create an entire funicular form (a form in complete compression), allowing for a structurally efficient, lightweight yet rigid form. The surface was divided into panels, in order to perform a planarization algorithm that ensured fabrication on a 3-axis CNC machine.
All components of the pavilion, including the corflute pyramids were designed through computational design techniques and produced through digital fabrication. As a result the pavilion was erected in only one week. The computational design process allowed us to explore many design iterations through-out every stage, from concept design, design development right through to last minute changes before construction. The associative nature of algorithmic design allows the design process to be continuously fluid and malleable.