Erik Fichter And Jiangpu Meng
Pillow is often set at the margin of standard architecture repretore. However, flipping thorugh an IKEA catalog, there is hardly an image that does not have one of more of these soft objects in the picture frame. Arguably, as verstile objects for "human support", pillows are architectural. In this project, we look explore its potential in other supported and supporting forms.
The project is based on the 3d scan of a building module. The pillow acts as a metaphor to that, similar to a brick, that at the same time provides further properties. The pillow is weak, soft and deformable, many aspects that are rare in architecture. In this project, we address the deformability of the given scan as well as question its physical properties. Since the geometry of the pillow indicates the softness it could just as well be stiff. Cell Fracture and rigid body simulations allowed us explore a range of physical properties that could hide behind the geometry. While some of the exploration focuse on the aggregation of modular units with variations in material/textural property based on spatial location, others explore the pillow as an entity that creates secondary modules of varying physicalities from within.
Here pillows acquire a plurality of simulated physical properties ranging from soft bubbles to brittle rocks. Collectively they attempts to reconstruct a memory of the pillow form. Recalling the pillow forts in our collective childhood memories that get constructed and soon tumble over, the pavilion captures the crumbling moment between motion and stasis. Looking closer, technical tools fabricate an intriguing imposisbility, where the soft, light, and bubbly balloons are crushing the rocks in pieces. This is not your common stack of pillows. but imagines other pillows, hard and soft, opaque and translucent, heavy and light.