Digital Media: Artifacts

Adrea Piazza And Matt Catrow

Snowbank

With this project, we used scans of architectural artifacts at two scales. The first, at the smaller scale, is a steel standpipe, once affixed to the side of a building in Cambridge. The second, at the larger scale, is an exterior concave corner, with one sandy brick building wall, and another half-height cement wall. Between the two wall faces is a persistent snowbank that has collected dirt. To construct a pavilion, we decided to elevate the ground plane, literally propping it up on structural supports. We exaggerated and replicated the standpipe's branching quality to create a standpipe forest. We mapped the snowbank’s topology, and the branches extended and multiplied to meet the nearest points along the curvature. With the snowbank propped up in an approximation of its original form, we draped the snow and its surrounding walls over the treelike structures, creating a canopy. At the base of the pavilion, the standpipe’s texture map determines structural placement, and the ambiguous forms are extruded to produce an interactive ground condition.

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