Nonaxisymmetric Disruptions

This project aims to explore the possibilities of a mid-rise tower with a disrupted center rather than the normal differentiated top or bottom. The disruption is created through the bending and twisting of wood planks in order to produce different conditions based on the amount of twisting or bending applied.

The disruption of material into a twisted or looped condition is an attempt to rethink the role of the envelope as a barrier between outside and inside. By creating a twisted or looped condition where the surface is constantly weaving in and out of itself, the distinction between inside and outside becomes blurred, producing series of intertwining public and private spaces. Four of these twisted tower conditions were created and then grouped around a center core.

The program is a standard office tower, where in normal towers, the bulk of public area is located in the top and bottom of the tower. Here, the envelope splits and twists at the middle thus opening the envelope to the outside resulting in the moving of most of the public program to the center of the tower. Program differentiates between the center core and the middle of each twisted part of the tower. Down the center, standard floor types occur. In the twisted conditions, two story cubes along with outdoor floor-plates are nestled within the twisting envelope creating continuity between the twisted envelope and the cube. Placing cubes in the center of disruption also allows for the ability to explore ways of transitioning the envelope between disruption and normal conditions.

The use of two envelopes explores the use of de-lamination as a technique to create space between two surfaces that are being pulled apart.


Paneling, Material, Layering Skins

A paneling system was created to emphasize the movement of the surface as it twists around itself to create the knots for each piece. Two materials are being tested, wood and a glass material to create apertures. A skin was then added to create a second layer of space as it creates moments where one skin (represented as black) and the second skin (represented as wood paneling) separate or de-laminate from one another to create pockets.

Bending, Twisting, and Knotting

Exploring the possibility to produce unexpected conditions by soaking strips of basswood in water and then bending and twisting them to produce a “knot” like condition. Robots were used to add precision to the exercises by controlling the number of rotations, speed, and amount of heat applied in the bending process.