First developed in 1979 by Dániel Erdély the Spidron is created by recursively dividing a 2-dimensional hexagon into triangles, forming a pattern that consists of one equilateral followed by one isosceles triangle. The resulting form is of six Spidron legs that, when folded along their edges, deform to create a 3-dimensional Spidron.
Initial investigations into the Spidron system using paper resulted in irregular shapes that could not be predicted, and therefore replicated precisely. Progressing onto using rigid materials allowed the system to be broken down into six components, removing unnecessary triangulated fold lines, and developing latch folded Spidron that is precisely the same as that formed parametrically.
This relationship between parametric and physical tests of component based Spidrons in both regular and irregular hexagons, as well as various other equal-sided shapes, has enabled the development of large scale models concluding thus far in a 1:2 scale version being built which will continue to be developed as a pavilion for submission to the Burning Man festival.
In parallel there has been an investigation into the system at a smaller scale allowing for the Spidron nest to be made as one component. In order to achieve the 3-dimensional Spidron form lattice hinges, also known as kerf folds, have been employed. Rigorous testing into the best cutting pattern have resulted in a straight line cutting pattern that allows for bending on multiple axis at once.
Developing this smaller scale system for submission to Buro Happold the intention is to create an arrayed system that is a conglomeration of both regular and irregular spidrons with varying depths and apertures that are able to integrate various display models etc. within.
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!
Back in our studio and excited to see how students are tackling the brief this year. Here are some pictures showing the different systems that students chose for brief01 and some of the models that are already being produced.
It was DS10’s Final crit yesterday which concludes our BRIEF03:TEMPLE. Wonderful day with a wide spectrum of temples showing the concerns and fascinations of a group of twenty-one architectural students in 2013. A myriad of political and spiritual statements on today’s society helped by parametric design tools and physical modelling. Here is the list of all the themes that emerged in the third term:
Temple to Love and Lust in Brighton, U.K. – by Georgia-Rose Collard-Watson
Temple to Revolution in Tahrir Square, Egypt – by Luka Kreze
Temple to Making in the City of London, U.K. – by Michael Clarke
Temple to Vibrations on Mount Neru, Tanzania – by Dhiren Pattel
Temple to Crowdfunding the City of London, U.K. – by Sarah Shuttleworth
Temple to Infinity in the Mojave Desert, U.S.A – by Andrei Jippa
Temple to Augmented Reality near Oxford Street, London, U.K. – by Mark Simpson
Temple to Gin, near Kings Cross, London, U.K. – by George Guest
Temple to Permaculture, in Totness, U.K. – by Philp Hurrel
Temple to Bees, in the Olympic Park, London, U.K. – by Jake Alsop
Temple against Electro-Magnetic Radiations, in Snowdonia National Park, U.K. – by Chris Ingram
Temple against Pre-Packaged Meat, in Smithfield Market, London, U.K. – by Alex Woolgar
Temple to Bio-Polymers, in Thelford, U.K. – by Marilu Valente
Temple against Consumerism, in Selfridges, London, U.K. – by Jessica Beagleman
Temple to Online Knowledge,in the Sillicon Roundabour, London, U.K. – by Tim Clare
Temple to the Awareness of Death, in Mexico – by Thanasis Korras
Temple of Illusion, in South Bank, London, U.K.- by Daniel Dodds
Temple to Water on the Thames, London, U.K. – by William Garforth-Bless
Temple to Atheism in Lower Lea Valley Park, London, U.K. – by Emma Whitehead
Temple to Light in Elephant and Castle, London, U.K. – by Josh Haywood
Temple to Sun Worshipin the Wyndham Council Estate, Camberwell London, U.K. – by Natasha Coutts
Thank you very much to all our external critiques: William Firebrace, Jeanne Sillett, Harri Lewis and Jack Munro. Two weeks more to go until the hand-in of portfolios (28th May). Here are couple pictures: