Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Area: 450 square feet
The Limaçon Pavilion was designed in collaboration with Hernan Garcia, William Choi and Hiroshi Jacobs. This project, lead by Prof. Ingeborg Rocker, examined the brick from a historical, theoretical, design and fabrication perspective. Debate focused on the limits of what could fall under the rubric of a “brick” and its relevance to contemporary interest in modularity and discretization.
The two major components of the design are the brick and its reference surface that the brick was instantiated on. The geometry of the brick was determined to maximize its rigidity and bearing complicity as well as to allow the brick to transform to the requirements of the reference surface. To reduce, cost the brick was designed to be fabricated in chip board, creating the challenge of cutting and folding 1400 sheets into volumetric bricks.
The reference surface was derived from the lofting of a limaçon curve. In addition to fulfilling the requirement for a “wall vault” (simultaneously wall and vault), this design produces a structurally efficient minimal surface. The surface started as a pitched vault that flattened into a vertical wall allowing for access to an inner court.
This design was selected for fabrication of a one-to-one mock-up built by Mais Al Azab, William Choi, Hernan Garcia, Casey Hughes, Alstan Jakubiec, Lesley McTauge, Marta Nowak, Mark Pomarico, Andrea Love, and Alex Yoon.