MEMBRANE MODEL / EXPERIMENT TEN
For our second experiment, we explored the capacity of a knitted membrane. Eight progressive configurations were created by manipulating eight control points. The progression traces the crawling up of the membrane in elevation. The bounding box echoed the system employed in our previous experiment – acrylic panels with a superimposed grid. We chose to work with a knit to keep the flow of forces discrete, visually revealing where the highest points of tension were within the membrane. When exploring the spatial qualities, we realized that the materials and execution were indicative of desert netting structures. The porous canopy overhead is stretched over compressive elements to create an intimate space.