Complexity of Cells

The first inspiration for the design of my screen came from the C_Wall by Andrew Kudless and Matsys in 2006. Based on the cellular aggregate structures, this project employs the Voronoi algorithm which adapts to local contingent conditions to facilitate the translation and materialization of information from particle simulations and other point-based data.

I, of course, do not know anything about the Voronoi algorithm, but I thought that the pattern of light reflected on the floor looked cool, so I set about trying to create my own version. Working off of a ratio system, I divided the first screen with two lines, the second with four lines, and the third with sixteen lines, so that each one of the following was the square of the previous.

I then subdivided the screens with corresponding numbers of randomly placed diagonals to create cell-like forms.

From there I extruded each screen, leaving a void in the middle of each “cell”…

and smoothed the edges to identical powers. The result was a screen in which each successive layer has a more complex cell pattern and became less easy to see through.

Below is the way the screens look when compiled atop one another.

The image seen below is a real-life application of a similar version of the screen I designed, but with two layers instead of three. This is the Airspace Tokyo building by Thom Faulders Architecture, built in 2007, in which the skin creates a unique exterior for a four-story family dwelling in Tokyo. Previous to the building’s construction, a residence wrapped in dense vegetation occupied the site. The new design wished to imitate the attributes to the previous plant-enclosed structure by creating a foliage like cover.

Another similar motif (shown below) this time exercised in the third dimension, is the Entry Paradise Pavilion by Chris Bosse and PTW Architects. Designed in 2006, this was inspired by microscopic cell structures, such as foam, sponge, or coral reefs. Using architecture software to simulate the structure and phenomenology of complex naturally evolving systems, the result was the efficient subdivision of three-dimensional space as it would take place in nature, such as the formation of organic cells, mineral crystals, or soap bubbles. The material is flexible and is able to follow the forces of gravity, tension, and growth.

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