Crit One

Some joyous proposals for both Burning Man and Buro Happold’s London office at yesterdays crit, the first of the year.

Our guest critics were Andrew Best, James Solly, Andrei Jipa, Harry Charringdon and Ben Stringer. Thank you all for your inspiring comments and tireless enthusiasm throughout the day.

Here are some images of the exciting work coming out of the studio this year, more to come 🙂

Frozen music pavilion by Toby Plunkett inspired by the soundwaves inside a cube
Frozen music pavilion by Toby Plunkett inspired by the soundwaves inside a cube
Diana
Diana Raican’s transforming cubes model

 

Diana Raican
Burning Man proposal by Diana Raican exploring fractal cubes

 

Garis Iu
Bent timber pavilion by Garis Iu
Naomi Danos Andrei Jipa
Guest critic and DS10 alumni Andrei Jipa with Naomi Danos’s hypar surfaces model

 

Inspired by Cairo tesselation, playful pavillion by Sarah Stell
Sarah Stell’s model capturing the translation of cubes into dodecahedrons
Lianne Clark’s animated keyframe light and shadow explorations
Jon Leung’s bismuth inspired pavilion
Aslan Adnan’s perturbated pavilion inspired by crystal growth patterns
The Tower of Power by Tobias Power
Rheotomic surface installation by Tobias Power
Charlotte Yates animated jitterbug model proposed for Buro Happold
lorna
Lorna Jackson’s spidron installations at different scales
joe
Joe Leach’s pavilion of timber tension
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Tom Jelley’s anamorphosis experiments remapping geometry
Tom
Tom jelley’s magical anamorphic proposal

21st November 2014 Tutorials

We are approaching the first “crit” of the term and our students are already proposing joyful projects for the Burning Man festival and Buro Happold’s newly refurbished HQ on Newman Street. The talented photographer NK Guy (http://nkguy.com/ and http://burningcam.com/) gave an excellent evening lecture at our campus to inspire our students and for the release of the book “The Art of Burning Man” (Taschen) which will feature some of our studio’s work. Here are couple images of the student’s project and of our buzzing DS10 space (pictures by Toby Burgess):

Aslan Adnan's early proposals for Buro Happold and Burning Man
Aslan Adnan’s early proposals for Buro Happold and Burning Man
Aslan Adnan's Explosive Recursion
Aslan Adnan’s Explosive Recursion
Joe Leach's early proposal for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s early proposal for Burning Man
Tom Jelley's Mirror deformation of 3d geometry using the inversion principle.
Tom Jelley’s Mirror deformation of 3d geometry using the inversion principle.
Lorna Jackson's kerfed Spirohedron. (spidron ™ )
Lorna Jackson’s kerfed Spirohedron. (spidron ™ )
Garis Iu's Curved Folding Components
Garis Iu’s Curved Folding Components
Toby Plunket's 3D Cymatic
Toby Plunket’s 3D Cymatic
Lorna Jackson's kerfed Spirohedron. (spidron ™ )
Lorna Jackson’s kerfed Spirohedron. (spidron ™ )
DS10 WeWanttoLearn's  buzzing Studio Space
DS10 WeWanttoLearn’s buzzing Studio Space
Ieva Ciocyte's Tree Bundling Truss
Ieva Ciocyte’s Tree Bundling Truss
Naomi Danos Folded Hypar volumes
Naomi Danos Folded Hypar volumes
NK Guy, author of The Art of Burning Man giving a lecture to our students
NK Guy, author of The Art of Burning Man giving a lecture to our students
NK Guy, author of The Art of Burning Man giving a lecture to our students
NK Guy, author of The Art of Burning Man giving a lecture to our students

1st May 2014 Tutorials

Our studio is back after a month of holidays. Here are couple pictures from our tutorials today. Impressive progress from our students including a 3D printed potato-based fractal civilization (Andrei Jipa), a series of recursive bamboo structures for the Durga Puja festival (Dhiren Patel), an origami roof for the fashion week (Charlotte Yates), a spiky eco-retreat to meet the Sami people (Natasha Coutts), a temple for the Burning Man festival made of reciprocal plywood components (Joe Leach), a hypar tower for the Damyang Bamboo festival (William Garforth-Bless), a Pop-Up book drop pavilion (Ieva Ciocyte), a surreal Dali Museum in the Park (Lorna Jackson), a promenade concert in Hyde Park (Sarah Shuttleworth) and many more… We are so excited by the diversity of projects this year and the clear continuity between our brief2A and brief2B. Looking forward to the final crit on Thursday 15th May!

Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jippa's Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Andrei Jipa’s Fractal 3D Printed Potato Civilization
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach's Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Joe Leach’s Burning Seed Temple for Burning Man
Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte's Pop-Up Book drop Project
Ieva Ciocyte’s Pop-Up Book drop Project
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Lorna Jackson Dali Museum Latex Concrete Casting
Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja
Dhiren Patels Recursive Bamboo Structures for Durga Puja
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Natasha Coutts Sami Eco-Retreat
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Charlotte Yates Fashion Week Recursive Origami Pavilion
Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park
Sarah Shuttleworth promenade concert in Hyde Park
William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower
William Garforth-Bless Damyang Bamboo Festival Tower

 

Balloonwrap

In reference to economy of materials, rapid deployment, self sufficiency, interactivity and leave no trace aspects of the ten day Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert I have explored vacuumatically prestressed structures (vacuumatics) to create a temporary structure.

Using minimal materials, a Balloonwrap cloud would encourage maximum participation during the construction and throughout the festival. An ephemeral soft cloud like landscape, where participants delight in modifying the shape as well as being able to interact with the structure by lying down, dancing on, climbing and sitting inside the enclosure.

As documented in the film above, Balloonwrap is a vacuumatic structure made using Polythene sheets at 63 microns, 5m x 3.65m, with balloons as the filling. A large scale model here is made rigid enough to span gaps, flexible enough to bend back on itself and strong enough to act as a seat or even a bed.

The material could therefore be used as the floor, wall, roof and seating elements in a continuous loop for any installation with the added benefit that it would have good thermal insulation as well as solar reflective potential (using silver/white reflective balloons/opaque film).

The main advantages of Balloonwrap are form flexibility and adaptability. An important factor that determines its adaptability is the flexibility control. Without any negative pressure (0% vacuum) the balloons inside the polythene enclosure possess hardly any consistency and are able to flow freely inside this skin. By increasing the amount of vacuum pressure the consistency of the balloons gradually increases, resulting in a more or less plastic behaviour of the structure. This enables the structure to be shaped while keeping its newly given form. Finally, in fully deflated state (100% vacuum) the Balloonwrap becomes rigid, with balloons used as a filling in my experiments, it is possible to climb the rigid load-bearing structure and sit comfortably! The reversibility of this rigidifying process enables the Balloonwrap to be re-shaped all over again.

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