Rachel Much And Suraj Radadia
Once in a Tile
Our team organized the project around structural elements specific to each member’s location--clay roof tiles from Florida and curved brick from Harvard’s campus buildings. Through manipulation of scale and positioning, we were interested in retaining the properties of both but switching their reading. The tiles, scaled to 12 feet tall, became walls. The walls organize themselves into curved ribbon shapes natural to the curving geometry of the initial object. The bricks are then scaled and spun around the top edges of the walls. This operation results in a nested effect, which allows the brick to be read as overlapping Spanish tiles. Both processes take on the form of the natural curvature present within both objects to playout in the large scheme of pocketing spaces. Due to our interest in investigating the geometries and material associations of our initial objects, we decided to leave the textural information of the two objects largely unchanged. The only editing to the texture occurred in the Spanish roof tile, which was scored prior to scanning in order to generate a clearer reading of the curvature. Within the final object, the scoring serves to imply the stacked elements of a load-bearing wall, blending the material and structural distinctions between the tile and the brick.