In collaboration with SINAN GORAL

EPIC Metals Design Competition 2016: Entry 11

Tasked to design a hypothetical camera obscura for our ongoing studio proposal for a charter based learning school, the design was asked to explore the possibilities of metal decking and complementary materials. Upon entering the competition my partner and I decided to use a simple module in the pursuit of creating something radical yet powerful in form, yet using a simple repetitive module to achieve said form. The result skews the traditional camera obscura motif by augmenting it with a technological component to construct historical narratives. The competition was held starting March 14 2016 and was completed by March 17 2016. The work below was completed from concept to design to execution in the span of those 72 hours. 

SUBMISSION STATEMENT: VIRTUAL RELICS

Virtual Relics was created based on the desire to bridge the capabilities of a camera obscura’s image capturing and the power of virtual reality software to form a commentary of the sites historical and present narratives. The camera obscura acts as a conduit for the capturing of fragments of present day environments, which is then captured and stored as virtual relics for use in an interactive parkscape canopy. This provides stations that synthesize the camera obscura imagery, forming a virtual reality of the site’s historical roots. Thanks to a simple kit of parts that takes formal inspiration from blooming petals, the project intends to be an adaptive and continually developable site in the future.

The stem structure is composed primarily of Epic Metals’ Toris Decking system encased in prefabricated triangular aluminum frames. The form consists of equilateral triangular modules that sleeve next to one another to allow for a subtle tessellation of geometry. The obscura itself resides in the stem structure; the flowing canopy overhead houses virtual reality tendrils for users to grab at their leisure. Epic Metals’ dovetail geometry in its Toris Decking system grants tracks for the virual reality tendrils to slide along.
 
Thermal bimetal petals adorn the exterior of the hull’s panels to create a constant architectural affect of blooming, emulating their geometries and motion. Performatively, the thermal bimetal serves the camera obscura by creating constantly changing apertures for imagery to be reflected into the stem structure. In this way, the project celebrates fragmentation and augmentation through the visually experienced and recorded. 

FABRICATION COMPONENT: Completed as part of efforts to familiarize ourselves with drawing conventions and communicating with a fabricator to execute designed components into reality. This drawing packet containing prototype studies, spec drawings etc, and were submitted to McKamish Fabricators for a bracket component into which the column stilt supports are meant to be sleeved into to attach to the ground.

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