Sunday, February 10, 2008

concrete wall projects

via BD online

story by will hunter

Concrete is too often used in predictable forms, but there’s nothing routine about Alan Chandler’s Wall One or Gramazio & Kohler’s Perforated Wall

It is perhaps concrete’s rectilinear familiarity, coupled with its ability to fit almost any formwork, that has prompted architecture schools to find new ways to interpret the material.

The two examples here have taken strikingly different approaches. Alan Chandler and his students at East London University wanted to see if they could merge the design process with the construction process. They found they could respond to the fabric formwork’s unpredictability, intuitively placing “buttons” as pouring progressed.

Architects Fabio Gramazio and Matthias Kohler, who teach at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, were more interested in how digital modelling and production techniques could be used to make a wall read as a 3D experience rather than as a 2D surface.

Project- Wall One

Project Perforated Wall

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