Case study: Movement in space
Open base module
Closed base module
The original idea was to use a symmetrical form as a base module. The module could expand into a closed and open state. We then assembled it in a manner that allowed it to be extended into a larger object indefinitely.
This cube model reflects the basic idea we had in mind. We then explored how we could build out connections using the intersections that would create the joints.
Because there are no intersections, freestanding joints are created. This would lead to instability, once assembled.
To counter this, we arranged the base modules for the edges to intersect and overlap. With controlled, connecting joints on the intersections, we arrived at a more complex construct and achieved a higher degree of stability, which guaranteed homogenous movement.
We built a 1:1 sized prototype to validate concept, movement, and size limitations. The prototype provided us with insight regarding the process and requirements of individual elements needed to build the modules.
The cardboard prototype gave us a better view of the design process in regards to material selection, building blocks, intersection types, and individual elements we needed to create.
Elements + materials
The construct is mainly made of wood, which remained sturdy while we built and shaped individual elements for the modules.
The base element serves as the foundation for all element types. Its size is 150 x 10 x 5 mm. Edges have been smoothened with sandpaper into rounded corners. Because we have different intersections, we need to create two different elements types with varying amounts of holes.
Element A is used on the periphery of the construct, and requires two holes: one on each side of an element’s end.
Element B is used on the inside of the construct. We need an additional hole for controlled movement and positioning of the intersections of inner modules.
The intersections of various elements differ. We accommodated the different ways the elements connect with each other and ensured the joints’ ability to expand and contract the construct.
Key rings in two different sizes allow the connection of four to eight elements. The key rings are used for free connections, which make it possible to move the construct without breaking the individual elements.
Screws and nuts are used for intersections where movement has to happen in a controlled manner and provide the required stability for the final construct.