23 February 2011

VoltaDom by Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits is a trained Architect, Designer and Computer Scientist who's research currently focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale structures in our physical environment by embedding assembly instructions directly into our material parts.

VoltaDom is his latest proyect for MIT's 150th Anniversary Celebration & FAST Arts Festival (Festival of Arts, Science and Technology) - an installation that populates the corridor spanning building 56 & 66 on MIT’s campus. This installation lines the concrete and glass hallway with hundreds of vaults, reminiscent of the great vaulted ceilings of historic cathedrals. See more;

The vaults provide a thickened surface articulation and a spectrum of oculi that penetrate the hallway and surrounding area with views and light. VoltaDom attempts to expand the notion of the architectural “surface panel,” by intensifying the depth of a doubly-curved vaulted surface, while maintaining relative ease in assembly and fabrication. This is made possible by transforming complex curved vaults to developable strips, one that likens the assembly to that of simply rolling a strip of material.

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