Our Combinatorial Model draws formal and organizational inspiration from the Exhibition Center of Zhengzhou Linkong Biopharmaceutical Park designed by WSP Architects, which combines the orbital structures of our previous models to inhabit the human scale. The Exhibition Center emerges as a series of circular masses wrapped in a band of shuttered aluminum panels, stabilized by a central core. In our model, we respond to our precedent by situating the rings around a central structure supported by vertical interlocking columns. Our model references our previous work by “floating” the rings from a woven tensile system to evoke the circulatory sensation of suspension. The structure contains outer circular rings on varying levels with a central multi level structure supported by a series of flat columns.

The top outer ring is larger and stabilized via a patterned weaving of string, which also contains flat columns with indents to balance the offset side. The bottom smaller ring mimics this concept but the interweaving of string that stabilizes the smaller ring is also connected to the larger top ring and the connected columns balance the opposite side. The interweaving that stabilizes the top ring is connected to holes in each one of the several columns in the central structure. The central structure is able to maintain its shape via a smaller ring which each flat pillar is inserted to via a slit and each of several columns circle the central ring. The interweaving allows for more stability as it allows for a counterbalance between a complex network of tensile forces that pull against another to provide max stability. Furthermore, the addition of more grounded and less floating elements i.e. the series of flat columns, gave the model a sturdier base to withstand more compression forces.

Joshua Chiang
Rafe Hessekiel
Van Pham
Emily Ryan