Air + Algae

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    3 iterations of manipulations shown in plan, elevation, and axonometric views
    Ellie Kingsley
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    Close-up of an iteration
    Ellie Kingsley
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    Close-up of an iteration in axonometric view
    Ellie Kingsley
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    Diagram of form development
    Ellie Kingsley
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    Diagram of seating pavilion developed from iterations
    Ellie Kingsley
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Ellie Kingsley
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1.1 (images 1-4):

This project produces output forms within a digital organization system that aims to mimic the organic relationship between air and algae. Within this organizational sequence, the input elements conform to a limited range of size ratios and spatial arrangement guidelines to ensure that there is a visible organizational continuity in the output forms. 

Step 1: An air pocket grid is created following an 80/20, 50/50, or 60/40 ratio. In this scenario, one grid could have 40% large pockets and 60% small pockets, or vice-versa. By changing the ratios, the severity of the surfaces’ undulations vary.

Step 2: Making a 3D air pocket grid. The centre-point of the spheres rests on the x-axis, which mimics air bubbles resting on the surface of the water.

Step 3: Drapes a one by one grid over the 3D surface of the air pocket grid. While the draped grid provides the final form, the draped grid is defined by the undulations of the air pocket grid ratio selected.

Step 4: Utilizes the “extract wireframe” command to reveal the final form of the draped grid.

 

1.2 (image 5):

The 60/40 ratio form translates into a wood frame for an adaptive reuse pavilion.