Competition Entry for the 2012 Tex-Fab Digital Fabrication Competition
This Project is a research project that seeks greater formal flexibility and material economy in timber surface architecture through the implementation of computational fabrication in a design method that combines computer aided manufacturing with considerations of material behaviour and structural performance. As a rigid biological material that lacks the malleability and formal versatility of steel and concrete, wood is generally limited to linear structural members and flat sheet materials that are typically not well suited to the creation of double curved surface structures. Digital fabrication grants unprecedented freedom in the design and construction of innovative surface architecture by enabling the creation of geometrically complex structural components. However, this often comes at the cost of significant material waste.
Stochastic Lattice achieves formal flexibility and avoids material waste through the mindful application of computational fabrication in a design method that simultaneously considers material limitations, structural performance, fabrication constraints and assembly logic. At the core of this method is a generative algorithm that employs a stochastic process to attain viable structural solutions that meet multiple performance objectives while conforming to established constraints.
The system consists of 75mm wide (1/8”) birch plywood strips that bend and twist in space to form a layered irregular structural network. The strips are joined using simple pin connections to create a surface structure with significant variations in curvature.