These images show a saw cut, aggregate block of wood that has been hand dipped in black paint. The aggregate cutting idea is something I've had in my head for quite a while and I'm glad that I finally got around to testing it. The assembly required immensely more material that I imagined and in the end produced a look that I did not anticipate. Still, I like what's going on and am going to try more at a larger scale.
I've always been frustrated by the fact that two dimensional projected patterns deform as they map over a given shape rather than respond intelligently to the geometry of the shape. What I wanted to do with Cloudform was to make a script that would map a geometrically consistent pattern on the surface of a complex form. It is simple in concept, harder in execution. After a bit of thought I realized the problem could be solved in a way similar to how faces are mapped in animation. By projecting a two dimensional pattern onto a topologically identical but flattened version of the form, then reassembling the form, the pattern actually folds with the form rather than distorts around it.
This unfolded drawing shows the complete interior surface of the performance hall we are designing. The black lines will be steel channels that house all infrastructure and the surface panels will be acoustically transparent, perforated aluminum.
This is the color and facade panelization concept diagram for out Trillion Dollar Mile Project.