Sunday, 11 August 2013

Curved Folding | Metal Twins

Continuing the lineage of research on Curved Folding, the AA Visiting School Bangalore series titled HyperThreads explored the subject over an intense 10-day workshop in 2012. Some very cool student projects, a lot of good energy, and finally two super-nice folded aluminium sculptures.

Credits:

ZHA: Shajay Bhooshan, Mustafa El Sayed, Suryansh Chandra, John Klein
Sasaki & Partners: Chikara Inamura
Populous: Alicia Nahmad
AA DRL: Shilpa Pattar

and the hosts InFORM Architects and InCITE gallery, Bangalore.


The finished sculptures.


Student work: corrupting known Origami tesselations.


Student work: curved folds as structural stiffeners.


Student work: curved folds as structural stiffeners.



Student work: the elegant simplicity of 3 curved folds on a sheet of paper.


Algorithmic method to setup a pipeline with which we could design.

Process video: Convex polygons to developable surfaces.


Design to Production: 15 sheets of aluminium, 3 hours of laser cutting.


Stability: Check.


1am in the studio, and we begin assembly.

Hand foldability: Check.


Hand-folded panels. Simple assembly tools: spanners and screw-drivers.


The first piece coming together.


The tricky last bits: fitting the last screws.


Finished pieces.


Paper models | Metal cousins.

Curvature continuity: Check.

 More eye-candy :)


The team, minus a few.