This combinatorial experiment develops a system of structural elements that express a combination of tension and compression loads abstracted into a tectonic framework. A series of triangular modules are created to hold the forces as they travel through the construction. The triangles are divided into solid forms: that project their compressive nature and begin to divide space and shape how light is controlled through the structure, and frame forms: that extract everything but the necessary material to convey the movement of tensile and compression forces as they move through the structure while also opening the structure to light and views. The triangular structural elements are oriented to cardinal direction to allow more protection from the southern sun and let in more diffused light from the north, while at the same time the framework begins to act as a spaced brise soleil to the east and west.

This construction creates a kit of parts system with subtle shifts in triangle angles, sizes, and forms - that work together to create a cohesive structure that shapes space; rooms are created from the positioning of the structure, floor plates are excavated to allow multi-story connections highlighted by the structure placement, and through the intervention of large triangular modules an external pathway is created through its connection to an expanded roof canopy. This experiment references the team’s earlier explorations into spatial conditions created by the strength of triangulation and an effort to extract what is unnecessary, only the essential. This construction echoes explorations of light, space, and structure of Toyo Ito & Cecil Balmond in the Serpentine Pavilion and while through a different method, it is inspired by the clear expressed direction of loads in Kengo Kuma’s Coeda House.

Gabriel Gomes Raymundo
Tasiana Paolisso
Nicole Yip