bWall

Class: Graduate Design Studio 1
Instructor: Adam Marcus

What began as an exploration in the blueberry ended as a design for a screen wall between a presentation space and busy circulation corridor.

I was asked to design an apparatus that could physically measure the blueberries and then build a model from those measurements. My device was a laser-cut box that I inserted toothpicks in to measure the distance from the edge of the box to the face of the blueberries. These measurements were used to generate a series of 3d points that I turned into a volume. The complexity of the geometry required the use of a CNC router with a 1/4" bit and 25% stepover to create a model that was still recognizable of the original stack of blueberries.

I was most intrigued with the possibilities of the CNC machine and building on what I learned in the blueberry exercise in the design of the screen wall.

The design intent was to create a surface that had a varying degree of transparency based on your position relative to it. An angled module was designed using the limits of the angle of repose that could be created on the machine, and the stepover size was chosen so the plastic panels would have about a 50% visual distortion through it.

Variation was introduced by rotating the unit and using either an opaque or transparent plastic. Different patterns were studied and the final iteration places large regions of transparent panels so that activity can be seen, but the plastic distorts the view. The idea is that these moves could be used to create a system that could be applied to many scenarios.