This project is the result of a four-day catalyst week at the University of Minnesota. Andrew Kudless was a guest professor from the California College of the Arts who lead the design team of students. We explored a way to inhabit a space through parametric modeling of shell structures. The form of the surface is a reaction to the room’s dimension and circulation paths. The final design was placed in the entry of the Steven Holl addition of the school of architecture.
By combining parametric modeling and rapid prototyping we were able to physically test our design ideas iteratively. Along side the exploration of form we were also solving the technical issues of making a full-scale installation. Changes to the structural design were being made even after the final build had started. By having a process that adapted to solve problems we were able to achieve a remarkable amount of work in a very short time.
On the final day of the project we invited the rest of the class into the space for a presentation. The space took on a new identity with the group interacting with the form. The space was truly transformed by a design derived from our investigation of space and form.