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The meetPav


The meetPav will be an intimate room for meeting, discussion and debate. Not a neutral space, but one that is rich in crafted detail. The project draws on and advances our research in algorithmic design, composite materials and robotic fabrication.

The exterior shell will be fabricated from fibre-composite materials creating a depth and subtle translucency, with the interior lined in quilted fabric. The exterior shell will expand on our research into laminating complex curvature fibre-composites without a mould. In this process a skeleton is used to generate the surface form of the panels, which is then expressed as the external articulation of the shell. These exterior panels are ‘stitched’ together through the skeleton, where the seam provides surfaces of greater translucency and transparency.

The intricate algorithmic detail of the exterior fibre-composite is continued to the interior as embroided stitching of the interior fabric panels. The quilted panels are intended to create a warm, intricate and perhaps even luxurious atmosphere.

The shell of the pavilion is comprised of 13 lightweight panels that are mechanically fixed using an internal fibre-composite skeleton. This logic enables the pavilion to be easily demounted, stored and quickly reassembled. These panels attach to a steel base beam that provides additional rigidity.

ACOUSTICS

The form of the project has been developed to assist with the internal acoustics of the pavilion. The irregular form of the shell is designed to ensure there are no parallel surfaces that typically result in acoustic hotspots. The internal surfaces of the shell are puffed out to create convex surfaces to scatter sound more evenly. While the small scale quilted puffs are intended to operate in a similar manner at a smaller scale. These fabric walls are formed with flexible foam backing to absorb sound internally as well as minimize the sound transferred to the exterior.

SKELETON

The exterior skeleton embedded within the fibre-composite panels is generated algorithmically to respond to several pragmatic concerns. The skeleton traces the panel divisions of the shell to integrate these into the design and enables the necessary assembly tolerance. The skeleton also responds algorithmically to structural criteria, where the pattern responds to the location and direction of maximum bending and buckling forces.

Project Leaders
Roland Snooks (d___Lab: Kokkugia / Studio Roland Snooks) Sascha Bohnenberger (Bollinger+Grohmann Engineers)
Project Team
Cam Newnham Ashan Perera Andres Rivera
Details
Date: 2015
Status: Ongoing