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Wrapping facade

final presentation

shingled glass…

Shingled glass panels facade _ Pin up



wrapped around facade, response

My intentions for this critic were to make a coherent system that works well and that represents the intentions I had to start with. After the critic I realized that my system was proposing no variations, I didn’t show a range of possibilities. I did propose a system that works, now I have to see which are the elements that can vary and that can make my façade be influenced by outside factors, try to look at a wider range of possibilities in general. Also, try to determinate the influencing parameters that would make the whole less uniform. As well as redefining my intentions is one of the next steps.

Main intentions:

-      Piraeus is a skeleton that need to be covered, so in some way wrapped around : which leads to a will to have a continuous façade with no sharp angles,

-      keep the two distinct volumes working together and articulate them eventually with  outside spaces;

-      the upper part should be a strong vertical object;

-      work on density to create more or less transparency;

-      use the same material for the over all but at different scales and different treatment of the same material; (e.g. : glass : transparent, transluside, printed)

Mid-term critic

Rendu intermediaire 13avril 594×792

work in progress for mid term

This are the 2 difinitions i was working on the charette week, and the base on which i worked for the mid term.

Glass panel wrapping

Cape Sundew

X3. Glass panels wrapping

If we take the Bregenz museum as a starting point to analyze opening and perforation, we realize that there are no opening except the main door, and the emergency exit.  However, the lighting system is quite interesting. Being a museum, Bregenz, has a need for diffuse, and never direct light that is why all the panels are transparent but never see-true.  There are two ways this diffuse light can get in the building.  For the main spaces, the stairs and hallways it’s lateral, however in the exhibition rooms the light would come from above, also crossing two layers of glass.

In the Piraeus project, I took over the idea of these overlapping panels. On bregenz the main line is horizontal, but we could also imagine in vertical for a taller building, or to create more dynamic, panels could shift both vertically and horizontally.

The then density of those panels could change, and this would at the same time change its 3 dimensional form. But this seems to be too chaotic.

The idea would be to create a dynamic of the façade, in both directions, horizontally by over lapping the panels, and vertically by making the void between the structure and the actual façade alternate.

Also, it should be playing with the sunlight and the water reflects. So in this perspective I made it simpler, and playing more on the over-lapping than the density, and imagining a vertical movement of the whole.

X2_The Kunsthaus Bregenz by Peter Zumthor

The façade of the building is a freestanding structure. It is somehow hung from above and is punctually attached to the concrete structure to assure stability for the lateral movement and the wind loads.

All the structure is made of two “types” of cables, first there are some bigger and longer ones that crisscross over the entire high of the building and are 6 panels wide, then every panel is perpendicularly surrounded by 2 sets of crisscrossing cables, all cables seem to work in tension. The glass panels are fixed to some brackets, two at the top and two at the bottom, those are visible from the outside, and sideways, the panels are over lapping each other.

The façade has 3 main layers, the exterior plan that is created by glass panels, then a void of 90cm, where we can see the crisscrossing cables that support the structure, and finally, an interior glass panel that seems to have different proportions then the outside ones, since they go from floor to sealing.

In relation to the Piraeus project, for me what is interesting, and what should be brought to my project is this simplicity created by regular glass panels.

However, I want to create movement on this façade, as well as the impression of tallness, we could almost call it an optical illusion. To do so, these horizontal rows of glass panels should be able to slightly shift sideways, so on the high of the hole building we could eventually have them rapping around as a spiral would do.

For the grasshopper code, I made two sample floors, with two different versions, first where we have glass panels overlapping, but didn’t manage to make the separate, and then another version, that works slightly better to show the shifting on every floor.