Group Project Adaptable Shell

  • Anuntachai (Ben) Vongvanij, M.Arch. 2018
    Bada Choi, M.Arch. 2017
  • Class ARCH 6509 Special Topics in Visual Representation II: Postdigital Formalisms (fall 2014)
  • Instructor Visiting Critic Sasa Zivkovic

How can the primitive form of a sphere be manipulated to interact with different types of materials? This study of form and materiality ends with an "adaptable shell." It starts with creating primitive form with shell; form follows function, and generating deformation of primitive forms; rupture caused by force, the idea of further developing "flexibility" came into place. Different types of overlapping shells in various types of materials are generated. The first stage of the project involves making overlapping shell models, using different 3D printing materials and pushing settings to the limit to experiment with different organizations of the overlapping shells. The behaviors of these shells are very promising in the cross section of the model, not only producing new and unique shapes and forms, but also have some flexibility in movement. To further explore the extent of the shell's structure, force is applied in different directions and rotations. These continuous attempts to enhance the idea of shell structure and forces that bring deformation to its primitive form came to its final stage of "semi-sphere to sphere" and "cube to square."