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We are a design studio focused on the development of new materials and techniques for building concepts.
 
 
 
 
 
UNFLAT PAVILION / HOLOGRAM HOUSE
 

A freestanding pavilion, created by flexing two dimensions into three.  This house deploys a flat to form fabrication system, consisting of 2 thin membranes which when flexed are simultaneously structural, functional, and representational.  Entirely constructed of laminated plywood, an open pattern is cut into flat plywood stock which transforms into three-dimensional architectural features as flat sheets are bent and unflattened into skylights, columns, buttresses, windows and vents, in the act of becoming UNFLAT, as thin components are configured into a thickened skin condition.

This project demonstrates an architectural role reversal across its surface.  On one elevation, a soft skin is hung on a structural frame, on the other elevation the skin becomes structural lifting the frame from the ground, inverting the normative structural hierarchy in an act of tectonic confusion.
The project uses a promising method of fabrication with flexures, as many hundreds of parts become discreet, yet remain continuously attached to the sheet, eliminating the need for fasteners.  This structure isn’t hard, heavy, bulletproof, or monumental, it is modest, soft, cheap, low-tech, and full of holes.

 

STATUS - BUILT (completed 2011)

SITE - Cambridge Massachusetts, MIT Campus

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ABOVE photo copyright - Andy Ryan

 

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STATUS - BUILT (completed 2011)

PROJECT TEAM: Masoud Akbarzadeh, Craig Boney, James Coleman, David Costanza, Iman Fayyad, Alex Farley, Nick Gelpi, Seto Hendranata, Andrew Manto, Edrie Ortega;

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Evan Hankin

LIGHTING: Solid Apollo