Advanced Design Studio: Hadid

Project Description

The studio began with physical studies using balloons and ‘constraint’ materials - resin, liquid latex and super glues. When the balloons were rapidly deflated, unexpected surface textures and patterns emerged.  These textures were the impetus for surface, formal and structural explorations throughout the semester.

When harvesting surface articulation from the physical studies, two approaches were used, which yielded two distinct buildings.  The stadium was produced from a singular unit comprised of a hybridized system of compression and tensile members. The tensile members spanning the center of the stadium resolved in multiple inner rings under which key program was positioned. At the perimeter, the shells performed as the outer compression ring for the tensile members to attach to while preserving the surface continuity between the two systems.

The second approach was to use the computer to try to simulate what was happening with the balloons in the physical world – the scale change, rippling, striations, coloration and juxtaposition of smoothed to wrinkled surfaces. We explored how platonic solids and spheres would react to negative pressure with applied line and point constraints.  This process yielded an array of objects from which we could extract instances of intensity for further application in building form.