The protosynth pavilion was created as an object for temporary public gatherings within an urban context. It is the result of collaborative experimentation that combines parametricism, digital simulation, and hand-crafted techniques of fabrication. The main structure consists of 15mm CNC cut plywood ribs and bridges which are combined with dovetail joints to form fifteen individually portable chunks. These chunks are clamped together by 3mm plywood panels to form five primary standing ribs. Multiple 15mm CNC cut plywood components are attached at the base of each primary rib to create seating which corresponds to the rotational differences of the mass as a whole. The surface of these ribs are sheathed with one-hundred-and-fifty laser cut wood panels, which are then topped with a final layer of industrial-grade shrinkwrap. Various folds and wrinkles are created by heating, pinching, pulling, twisting, and cooling the material by hand. The final effect, when combined with the layers beneath, results in an intricate scattering of light and shadow.
Design, research, prototyping, and fabrication with the Laboratory of Integrative Design (LID), School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL), University of Calgary, including Jason Johnson, Meysam Ehsanian, Ogunedo Obinna, Peyman Poostchi, Ryan Cook. 2015.