bartlett school studio explores structural potential of sand + PVA pipes
 
bartlett school studio explores structural potential of sand + PVA pipes bartlett school studio explores structural potential of sand + PVA pipes
oct 10, 2014

bartlett school studio explores structural potential of sand + PVA pipes

bartlett school studio explores structural potential of sand + PVA pipes
all images courtesy of the barlett school of architecture RC6 B-pro masters of architecture graduate studio

 

 

 

sand is a commonly available material. it has many advantageous features, for instance, the insolubility in water, the high melting point, and a certain degree of mobility when it is wet. through these properties, sand casting has been widely utilized in traditional manufacturing processes throughout time. based on the potential for this technique to do more, a group of professors and masters students from the bartlett school of architecture has developed ‘sanDprint’, a craft using rock and mineral particles as a mold, attempting ingenious methods to create a diverse mix of unique forms.

 


video courtesy of the barlett school of architecture’ RC6 B-pro masters of architecture graduate studio

 

 

 

the project simulates 3D printing by hand within a defined space filled with granules. after a variety of experiments and attempts, PVA tubes with highly elastic, flexible, size, and texture variations were finally selected in order to control the resultant shape. meanwhile, a removable frame has been designed to control the general direction of the pipes. thus, a series of possibilities could be configured by interweaving the vessels. furthermore, all the components and ingredients can be reused.

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
hands-on crafting

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
removal of sand after casting a chair

 

 

 

according to initial material exploration and fabricate testing, computational technology was involved to envision the structural capabilities from a small-to-large scale. processing simulations (flocking, stigmergy, and other algorithms) have been performed in the parametric digital exploration with rhino and grasshopper, which provides both natural patterns and logical strutters, by presenting products from household objects to furniture, and eventually attempting apply the work to architectural typologies.

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
the material easily blends into the beachfront

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
rendering of a structure embedded into a body of water

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
the tubes create a lattice-like structure

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
initial digital testing

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
digital diagramming from processing and prototype of interlocking columns

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
computer interface and model

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
final generation of a sand casted chair

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
detail of a structural node

bartlett school of architecture sandprint rc6 b-pro march graduate studio
B-pro show at the bartlett school of architecture

 

 

project info:

 

design team: xiyangzi cao, shuo liu, zeyu yang
location: london, united kingdom
client: bartlett school of architecture, UCL
studio: research cluster 6 (2013.9-2014.9)
tutors: daniel widrig, stefan bassing, soomeen hahm

 

 

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  • projected by:
    Xiyangzi Cao
    Shuo Liu
    Zeyu Yang

    London UNITED KINGDOM

    Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
    Research Cluster 6 (2013.9-2014.9)
    tutor: Daniel Widrig ; Stefan Bassing ; Soomeen Hahm

    CAO XIYANGZI says:
  • Hi
    I hope you are well.
    Im a third year architecture student at the University of Edinburgh. I am impressed by your project and wonder how did you manage to create the 3D model. what software did you use? Im currently working on a form finding project based on a set of latex and thread models and we are now finding ways to develop our physical model into digital form.

    Thanks for your help!

    Ivan Chan says:

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