DISJOINTED VOLUMES

design 101 | fall 2011
CRITIC F. GESUALDi


The fusion of words, movement, and material in the word joints created a new meaning not individually attainable. In the expansion of the original joints a new layer of depth was uncovered, with greater possibilities and complex tectonic relationships. 

 

3. spatial construct

The aerated cube left by the sliding and interlocking joints created a series of framed spaces for a filmmaker's residence and screening rooms. The overhangs and filtered enclosures maintained the memory of the sliding joints and their dynamism.  The void in the center transforms the entirety of the space into one total viewing room, both for the resident filmmaker as well as the visitors activating the entirety of the spatial construct.

 

2. expanded volume

The fusion of the word joints from the primary exercise created a volume of jointed tales, a 9" x 9" x 9" basswood cube composed of elaborate joints that transform the volume from a passive state into a dynamic state through a series of moves. As the volume expands and transforms, lights and shadows begin to dance within the now void center giving insight into new spatial conditions and possibilities for architectural intervention. 

 expanding volume / basswood model 9" x 9" x 9"

 

1. Wood word joints

The pairing of a static material and dynamic language was the starting point for the introduction of architecture and space. 

ALOOF + NEGATING
SYNCOPATED + WEDGING
STRETCHED + LOOPING

The random assignment of word pairings were transformed into beginning wood joints measuring 3" x 3" x 3" that had a static position and through the words transformed into an active object as illustrated in the images on the right. 

 

filmmaker space / basswood model 18" x 18" x18"

The vertical and horizontal shifts produced varying degrees of privacy for different viewing rooms, some were in complete isolation (center interior shot) while other encouraged interaction in a plaza space (right interior shot).

 expanded volume interior / basswood model 9" x 9" x 9"

 contracted volume / basswood model 9" x 9" x 9"

The contracted 9" x 9" x 9" volume shows the first step of expansion as the sliding joints are activated. The voids, or cores, of the joints are left behind as the volume grows and transforms yielding new interior conditions. 

Active drawings analyze the function of the sliding joints in x-ray like view through the transformation. The interaction between the interlocking pieces and the residual spaces that are created are visualized and documented.