Deconstructohedron

Deconstructohedron_Detail

Deconstructohedron_Detail

PROJECT | DECONSTRUCTOHEDRON Bootcamp AA EMTECH

PLACE | LONDON/UK

DATE | 2012

COLLABORATORS | DARRICK BORROWSKI+NORMAN HACK+JACK CHANDY

MATERIALS | LASER-CUT PLYWOOD

Deconstructohedron is a component based installation, that experiments with space packing geometrical algorithms, to create a structure that grows within 3 points in space. Following some scripted experiments in space packing using polyhedral solids, we were able to strip down the geometry of the polyhedra to component that can be fabricated using sheet material by assembling parts together, and fixing them using small details.

Assembling multiple components together results in the reconstructing of the original polyhedra. When six components are assembled in the same orientation (following one of the obtuse angled sides, they build one hexagonal face of the Truncated Octahedron from which is was extracted. Likewise when assembling four the right angled sides in a row, one of the square faces is constructed. Eventually a polyhedron begins to appear. When these re-connections happen, the structure is greatly stabilized allowing further and further growth.

We were excited by the potential structure provided by this system but were cautious that we not limit ourselves to the simple diagram. We would look for ways in which our global form would break free of the rigidly packed polyhedra while using its geometric logic.