The wall is an aggregation of 14 unique bricks that were CNC carved from foam blocks. The bricks aggregate and nest into each other to form the wall without any for nails or glue. The nested bricks are held by friction and connected by 3D printed clamps that cinch them together. Instead of remaining a static partition, the bricks are interactive and responsive to movement. As people move around the wall, the bricks undulate at their centers. A motor pulls the white fabric stretched over each brick inward to its center-- the motion mimics the poking of a belly button. The wall becomes more than a barrier by interacting with its environment. The responsive brick makes it possible to perceive movement on the other side of the wall without having to see it.
Architectural Design: First Year
The Environmental Education Center along the West River in New Haven explores the analogy of a surface of water registering the impact of a dropped object as a way to consider the way a building meets the ground. The landscape facets created through the insertion of the building organizes indoor and outdoor program. The uncanny relationship between building and landscape is heightened through materiality. The building is enclosed in a perforated metal skin that creates changing light effects during the day and night. Each adjacent facet is a different landscape material.