Parametrically derived and algorithmically induced, the structure builds upon a series of equally spaced planes whereby digitally simulated particles emitted at the entry points attract towards points within the volume, creating fluid circulatory paths connecting to lounging niches within. The 2D planes emerge as flat cut-ready sheets to be assembled. A series of vertical structural rods at key instances within the solid volume ground the pavilion and ensures the sheets are spaced at the correct distances, thereby stabilizing the structure. Grooves milled near the edges of the planar elements create tracks where veneer-like sheets create the pixelated pattern and diffuse the light.
The entire ambient effect of the installation becomes a space created for the display, circulation, and lounging during the Anonymous exhibition. The design challenges preconceived perceptions of spaces overshadowed by overpasses—carving space to be transformed and actualized into energy-laden environments.
The Planks and Pixels team is comprised of Jon Bailey and Erick Katzenstein. The project was submitted while in their first year as junior designers at HKS, Inc in Washington DC. Both designers share interests in digital fabrication and architectural theory–pursuing projects that reach beyond traditional architectural service. This project became a precedent not only for the work being produced but also for the integration of traditional professional practice with academic and research based explorations.
Jon recently received his mARCH from Michigan in 2011. His current trajectory surrounds design achieved through the implementation of emerging digital tools within the architectural design process; where materiality, building systems and design processes are inspired by biological and technological natures.
Erick graduated with an mARCH from Penn in 2010. He has a wide range of interests in architecture, but is currently looking at design technology in relation to architectural theory. His work focuses on the potentials of parametric modeling as a tool in all stages of the design process, from inspiring a parti to improving efficiency in construction documentation.