1. ISLAND HOME 2004
This is an orthogonally
aligned rhombic dodecahedron (RD). Newest of the checkerboarded
snap fit frames, ISLAND includes eaves which have supports for
a flexible membrane exterior. It also includes the shape variations
possible with this system due to the tiled surface feature (see
MESSAGE). Also present is the extended base course which adapts
the structure to flat ground and the center division of the wall
panels allowing the 90 degree vertical corners (also see ASPIRE).
2. TOKYO? 2004 (2002 "468")
The large modules here are "Great Rhombi-cuboctahedrons". They include twelve square, eight hexagonal, and six octagonal faces.They are combined here with truncated octahedrons and cubes. The panels all have even numbered edges which allows the use of the simplest connection methodology, the alternating connector and receptor edges. Note that with a two way joint we form the exterior envelope only.
Although in plywood this system works well small, at full scale it suggests other materials. The cubes will be about eight feet across and the large modules about thirty five feet. Large diameter pipes will probably define the module edges. The building can of course be configured differently.
3. "un-titlest" 2003 1/8" Sintra, pencils
Mathematically this is a surface consolidation of a 4V icosahedron forming 12 regular pentagonal surface panels, 30 non regular hexagonal surface panels, and leaving 80 triangular open spaces. The surface panels are interconnected with 120 dowel pins or in this case golf pencils.
6. VERSAILLES? 2003 1/8" Sintra, 3 mm birch
The first snap fit
"frame" space filler (actually this one is sort of
a squeeze fit), VERSAILLES? copies the ATLANTIS "Pompeii's"
horizontally sliding seats in the chairs formed integrally in
the lower wall panels. This is a "checkerboarded rhombicube".
It has 12 solid panels and 14 open spaces forming its 18 square
and 8 triangular faces. The 12 panels meet corner to corner and
are connected by 24 frame elements.