This research looks at form generation through an adaption of classical vaulting techniques. In classical vault design, an arch is extruded to form a barrel vault or intersected with another barrel vault at 90 degrees to create a groin vault. This research extends this method by varying the angle of intersection of the vaults and other parameters to create a variety of vaulting conditions. Because the forms are created through a projective method the resultant surfaces are ruled and fully developable. This method ensures the constructability of the resultant vaults regardless of their formal complexity.
This study was created in Digital Project, a parametric software developed for aeronautics design, and adapted for the rationalization of complex architectural forms.
Location: Union Square, New York City
Area: 325 square feet
Client: St. Louis Washington University
Status: First place in Competition
Temporary Building to Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Sukkot -This design proposes to mediate personal worship and celebration of the Sukkot with the community at large.
Like a traditional Sukkah, this proposal uses humble materials and expedient construction techniques in keeping with the temporary and cyclical nature of this celebration. As with tradition, the structure merges with its environment, adapting to its context to provide enclosed intimate space as well as incorporating its surroundings.
Three piano hinges connect the 4 components of the Sukkah and allow the 10’ by 16’ footprint to expand and fulfill a more public role. This possibility of being reconfigured heightens the understanding of the traditional Sukkah’s temporality, in that throughout the Sukkot, the space can adapt to the needs of its inhabitants and the larger community. This proposal fully embraces the traditions of the Sukkot while engaging the city with Jewish culture, celebration and design.