PROJECT TYPE: Residency, research, permanent installation
LOCATION: SPACE10, Meatpacking Disctrict, Copenhagen, Denmark
DATE: Fall 2016
MATERIAL: Polymer-modified Plaster, Douglas Fir, Copper
TECHNIQUE: CNC milling, Mold making, Casting, Lamination, Joinery, Single point incremental forming
DIMENSIONS: Column: 10000x60x60mm, Reflector: Dia 900mm, Panels: 3000x4000mm
EXHIBITED: The Classical Through The Digital, SPACE10, Copenhagen, DK, 2016
PHOTOGRAPHY: Final photographs by Niklas Vindelev
During our four-month residency at SPACE10 in Copenhagen in the fall of 2016, we researched the potential relationship between traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication through a set of 1:1 prototypes for architectural components.
We used digital fabrication, specifically CNC milling, to make contemporary translations of three different traditional craft techniques. The aim was to preserve these techniques by adapting them to contemporary production methods, while also imbuing digital fabrication with time-proven qualities. Here, we began developing a digitally-fabricated architecture with an atmospheric, human, and timeless quality.
Our residency culminated in a permanent architectural installation as well as an evening of lectures. For the final installation, we chose the stairway at SPACE10 as the context for our final set of 3 digitally-fabricated spatial prototypes.
One prototype, a Douglas Fir column extending through the center of the stairway through all 3 levels of the building, translates a traditional Japanese Tsugi joint into simple curves for CNC milling. It also makes those who walk up the stairs appreciate the scale of the space.
The next prototype translates traditional chasing and hammering techniques for soft metals into single-point-incremental-forming, to create a copper reflector to create a warm lighting atmosphere in the evenings. Here, the CNC mill is used to push and form over a mold, rather than to cut.
The third prototype makes use of the subtle precision of the CNC machine to translate classical plaster ornamentation into a light-catching wall with an optical effect that unexpectedly creates subtly curved shadows when hit with direct light. This wall brings attention to and emphasizes the changing quality of the light over the course of the day.