For centuries architects have started with a form and added ornamentation. This work instead does the opposite - it starts with a solid block and hundreds of thousands of spheres and cones are carved out, first by hand and then through mathematical computer algorithms that ultimately generates the form.
The space is entirely composed of subtracting over 7.7 million spheres and 2.3 million cones from one single box. My first tests began by carving out 80,000 cones and spheres manually, and was further developed using algorithms that advanced the design process of generating the space.
Digital Fabrication: 3D Printing with Sandstone
To verify the material feasibility of the generated design, 1:1 construction tests were 3D printed on sandstone. These tests established a prototype through which to justify the number, location, and radius of the spheres and cones within the generated space. The 1:1 scale prototypes are displayed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) in Zürich, Switzerland.
Acknowledgements / Thank you to:
Hasan, Ruby Anne, Michael, Christine and Anne Fard
Rob Conte and Team
Prof. David J. Lieberman
Dr. Brady Peters, University of Toronto
Dr. Benjamin Dillenburger, Prof. Fabio Gramazio, Prof. Matthias Kohler and Mr. David Jenny, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich
University of Toronto
Mr. Timothy Boll, Mr. Chris J. Young, Mr. Thomas Abromaitis
Mr. Philippe Steiner, Mr. Michael Thoma
Sierra Spray Painting, Bolton, Ontario, Canada
ExOne, Michigan, USA