The first team have split into 3 groups where each focus on a specific part of the pavilion build – such as 3D modelling, laser cutting concepts and refining the existing cantilever structure with bracing with continuous development of the same scheme. Eventually they aim to have a visualisation of the whole pavilion in its entirety. They’ve done a lot of learning and experimenting to fully understand their design – such as a wedge that will prevent shelves from falling down and also they have reworked the base of the structure so that it doesn’t fall when the cantilever is adjusted.
The second teams worked on a modular pavilion which can become curved, circular or parallel through rotating a screen whilst a third team aimed for 0% waste and managed to reuse every piece of wood that had been cut out.
The studio started working on their scale model whilst a member of the team started to build a rhino model so they could see exactly what was happening. They also began to build their pavilion structure whilst deciding that they should blend together both concepts of the echelon ward and false perspective. They iterated the floor plans so that there was enough space for everyone’s work and to ensure that it was structurally sound – also considering the characteristics they needed to create false perspective such as differing beam heights and interchangeable shelves.
The theme of Studio 4 is based on Whitechapel’s market stalls. The first team designed inverted and pitched roof sections for their pavilion and managed to build each of these today, along with a scale model which they had laser cut from their 3D design files. There were quite a few problems, such as scale and their ability to put up the structure with man power and in fact, as we were talking the roof was being put up and you could clearly see it beginning to wobble. Bracing of the structures was also an after thought so this coincided with the issues they had with lack of materials.
The second team has been analysing potential joints for their 3 axis design. They also created a CNC file for cutting the structure, making the day plain sailing as they had every single joint and piece ready to cut from CAD files and ready for assembly. Fingers crossed that the structure will finally come to life tomorrow!
Studio 1 progressed the day with cutting the elements of their 1:1 model out in the workshop, a mix of CNC and soft wood, based on the 1:10 model they made. They figured out the 6 different types of angled joints through building one frame for each angle to test whether their calculations were correct.
They needed to start to thinking about bracing for the structure as it was not structurally sound and slightly skewed – probably due to the differing angles and tensions. There is a possibility that this bracing could become a system for shelving or racking to display models and hang work.
“It can get quite complex if you don’t get it out in full scale” – Sherry, member of studio 2.
Studio 2 have worked on their cantilever structures further through creating a base for their 1:1 model of the pavilion. From building this imposing structure they have had to adjust the angles. They have spent the day understanding the implication of their previous designs and concepts through working in a 1:1 scale. Their secondary team has been working on the joint system that they have been developing during the past few days.
Improving it through experimenting in smaller and larger scales. They have also tested different materials. In parallel, a part of their team is working on modelling the combination of the joint and cantilever structures digitally, to understand how they work together. In this studio, the efficient distribution of the tasks has really helped them push their design forward. Tomorrow, they will be taking their concept even further and refining this existing elegantly complex model.
Studio 4 have split up into 4 teams. They have been looking at Japanese joints and how they are engineered. They are working on making more components to add to their initial joint structure. Through modelling a new iteration, they have been able to look at how this joint works on 3 different axis.
Their initial idea of designing a smooth arch for their pavilion has revealed itself to be harder than they initially thought.
The studio in charge of the furniture is working on different type of joins to fix the table tops together. These are being cut with the CnC machine. They are a type of puzzle with parts that lock into each other. The legs of the table are three different heights.
The live project studio have split up into two teams, turning the brief into an internal competition within the group. One of the teams is looking into using the existing ping pong tables as a space to exhibit work but also to play tournaments and turn the degree show into a very interactive experience. Team voice Jake Sherwood sees this as a “Pie chart where 70 percent of the design goes towards displaying work and the remaining 30 percent towards the interactive ping pong games.” They have split up into 3 teams and have been testing demountable and transformable structures. Acknowledging that Ping Pong is a sport that takes up more space than one would imagine, this team is facing a number of constraints in terms of spatial arrangement. Their main concern is achieving the optimal mobility and the structure must easily switch from work to play.
The second team is designing a multiple arch structure that encapsulates revolving mechanisms, similar to revolving doors. These systems will allow large drawings to spin around and to therefore be perceived from different angles.