P2_Diane Guo and Victoria Saunders_Parametric + Performance driven design

We wanted to implement the idea of the basic unit morphing through rotation derived from both our case studies. We designed a petal form, which rotates in two directions creating a gradient from very ordered to very chaotic. The gradient can respond to factors such as light, views, and ventilation. These petals are held in place by structural strips that run horizontally with protrusions that fit through the slots in the top of the petal. This structure is held in place by slots in three vertical members and the entire system is assembled without adhesives or hardware.

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  1. AlexanderMega

    I like the idea of the biomorphic scales, leaves, or feathers as building skin. I’m not sure I follow the transition between order and chaos. This is probably because it doesn’t look very chaotic at the one end- which is probably a good thing. :lol: It looks like it’s becoming more rotated or porous. I think it would be interesting to see how this deals with water as well.

  2. I think it gives an interesting effect when the ‘leaves’ are placed over each other in a two dimensional way, which would make it more realizable as a facade or roofing screen element in architecture. The single element has a strong enough representation to do so, in my opinion! In that Left corner image it almost looks 2D, and I think it is a very strong image..

  3. Derek Sommers

    For some reason, I see the conceptual basis of this project also being applied to automative/vehicle design. Might have something to do with the shape of the individual petal-like elements reminding me of wings and spoilers. But the idea would be that various parts of the auto body could morph into more streamlined shapes with increased speed.

  4. I enjoyed this first iteration, and I’m impressed by how well it translated to a built form. I think the structural system is effective as the same material, but might have been more visually compelling with something lighter (maybe wire, plexiglass, etc.)

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