Riverside Fabric Hotel_Tim Shamblin

Site Magnetics
The Sawyer point site by its very nature contains the collision between the urban Cincinnati and the fluid Riverfront. Using Grasshopper, the forces can be revealed using magnetic analysis, showing where forces collide, and paths flow. These forces and points can be extracted then to help guide decisions on where to place buildings, pathways, and features within the site. Through Voronoi analysis, bubbles of space can further break down the site into human scale.

Building Concept
The Chinese pavilion/pagoda is a traditional form that is created through a system of base geometry, offsets and proportioning to create their dynamic form. Often a part of gardens and water features, the pagoda system is readily able to inspire the modular rooms of the hotel, creating individual spaces with each face. Though not traditionally fabric, their sweeping form can be easily be envisioned as and adapted into fabric structures very readily, and hearkens to the idea of canopies, providing shelter. The hotel’s form being aligned by the site analysis, the horizontal, stretching canopies also provide and encourage relaxing views along the river, the perfect backdrop for a hotel room.

Morph System
While experimenting with fabric, the most noticeable quality it had was its ability to form, morph, and adapt based on its constraints. While not inherently stable, it can be immobilized reliably by securing it along more than one axis. Using this in conjunction with the pagoda form, an active morphing canopy system developed, transforming the canopy into an opening – closing system, similar to an eyelid. In deference to the event of needing to see but not suffer the environment,  the idea of the nictitating membrane eyelid present in eagles, was used to allow for two layers of canopy, one translucent, and one transparent.

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